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Cecil Whig - - & -

To the neg­a­tive at­ten­tion heaped on Elk­ton this week in the af­ter­math of a fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing. A coali­tion of state, county and town po­lice of­fi­cers at­tempted to ap­pre­hend a Delaware cou­ple wanted in drug and weapon cases in their home state. Un­for­tu­nately, their story was bound to end in Ce­cil County, as they both pointed weapons at of­fi­cers try­ing to ar­rest them, end­ing in a hail of gun­fire that killed both sus­pects. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­ported that 10 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers fired their weapons at the New Eastern Inn on Tues­day, and the sus­pects only pos­sessed re­al­is­tic-look­ing BB guns. In­ter­net crit­ics quickly pointed to the in­ci­dent as ev­i­dence of the county seat’s de­cline, but we have to re­buff such as­ser­tions with the facts of the case, which paint Elk­ton as a vic­tim of its lo­ca­tion. Crim­i­nals of­ten change ju­ris­dic­tions to try to evade po­lice, and with Elk­ton so close to Delaware and Penn­syl­va­nia, it’s bound to see a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of crim­i­nal in­ci­dents in­volv­ing outof-town­ers. Hope­fully, com­ing weeks will be qui­eter.

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