CAMBRIDGE — Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a Talbot County man who ran from a traffic stop Friday afternoon, May 29, and when he was later found one-half mile away was transported to the hospital where he later died.
The man is identified as Larry D. Ross Jr., 37, of Easton. He was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.
Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators are conducting the investigation. They are being assisted by the State Police from the Criminal Enforcement Division and Forensic Sciences Division, was well as personnel from the Cambridge Police Department, Dorchester County State’s Attorney and the Dorchester County Drug Task Force.
Friday afternoon, members of a combined law enforcement team were working a drug enforcement initiative in the Cambridge area due to 10 overdose deaths in the county so far this year, compared to seven for all of 2019, police said. There have been 34 documented non-fatal overdoses. The region has been identified as a high intensity drug trafficking area.
The preliminary investigation indicates that during the initiative, shortly after 1 p.m., a trooper in uniform and in an unmarked patrol vehicle, stopped a 2002 Audi for failure to stay right of center and an equipment violation on Route 16, south of Chesapeake Street in Cambridge. As soon as the car stopped, the driver, who was alone in the Audi, immediately ran from the car and behind several houses in the area, police said.
When the man disappeared behind the houses, the trooper lost sight of him and did not pursue, police said. He returned to his car to alert other officers in the area about what had happened.
Several minutes later, a motorist drove by the location of the traffic stop and asked if they were looking for someone who matched the description of the man seen running from the car. The motorist said he had seen the man running through a field toward Race Street.
Three troopers went to the area on foot and began a search. During the search, they found a man, later identified as Ross, lying in a wooded area behind a building in the 1700-block of Race Street, about a half mile from where the traffic stop occurred.
The man was given commands to show his hands and police approached and placed him in handcuffs behind his back, police said. The man did not resist and no force force was used, police said.
Ross said he needed water and troopers saw he was sweating profusely, police said. Troopers called EMS to respond as a precaution. Troopers told him they had water at their car. Ross walked under his own power about 70 yards to the police car and was provided water to drink and to pour over him to cool him off, police said.
He was asked if he ingested something and he said yes, but later said he did not, according to police.
An ambulance from Dorchester County Department of Emergency Services arrived and transported Ross to the hospital where he received treatment. He was pronounced dead shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Ross' body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
State Police Homicide Unit investigators have briefed Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s William Jones on the preliminary investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, it will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
The investigation is continuing.