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A Taneytown Police Department officer shot a man Wednesday who attempted to run down the officer and a woman.

Police are not identifying the officer and the suspect at this time as the investigation is in the preliminary stage, according to a news release issued by Maryland State Police, which is investigating the incident by the request of Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler.

The officer is an 11-year veteran of the Taneytown Police Department and per police procedures, has been placed on paid administrative leave by Tyler.

Police are guarding the suspect at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center as he recovers from a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police said.

Criminal charges are against the suspect are expected to be announced today.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, an officer from the Taneytown Police Department was dispatched to the 400-block of Baltimore Street in Taneytown, for a report of a woman who needed assistance.
 
When the police officer checked the area, he drove down Break Iron Road, an access road between a grocery store and a shopping center. 

The officer saw a woman lying in the roadway, police said, and  he exited his marked patrol car and asked the screaming woman if she needed help. 

Within moments, the officer told investigators he saw a 1992 Acura Integra, driven by the suspect, accelerating toward him and the woman.

The officer, who police said was in full uniform, ordered the driver to stop. The driver continued to accelerate toward the officer and the woman.
 
In fear for his life and the life of the woman, police said, the officer fired his police department issued .40 caliber pistol at the driver. The car slowed and the woman and officer were able to avoid being struck. 

The officer approached the driver and saw he had been wounded in the arm, police said. EMS units responded and treated the suspect. He was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

He is expected to survive. Neither the police officer nor the woman was injured. 

A motive for the incident is unknown.

Apparently the suspect and the woman were acquaintances, police said. 

Upon being notified of the incident, Tyler responded to the scene. Tyler requested the incident be investigated by the Maryland State Police. State Police investigators from the Homicide Unit are conducting the investigation, with assistance from criminal investigators from the Westminster Barracks.  Maryland State Police crime scene technicians responded to process the scene. 

While conducting the investigation, Maryland State Police said they arrested a man who arrived at the scene and became disorderly.

Police said they also checked on the female victim in this case and found that she was wanted on warrants from Harford County. She was also taken into custody. 

State police said they will release additional information today including identities and charges against the suspect.

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