One suspect is captured. Another remains at large.

FUGITIVES FIRE ON TROOPERS

June 07, 1991|By Richard Irwin and Frank D. Roylance | Richard Irwin and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff Staff writer Monica Norton contributed to this article.

Anne Arundel County police today captured one of two fugitives from Canada who exchanged gunfire with two Maryland troopers last night on U.S. 50 west of Annapolis.

One of the officers in last night's gunfight was struck by a bullet that lodged in her leather handcuff case. She was not injured.

Donald Roger Nelson, 20, was arrested unarmed at 7:15 a.m. when he ran from woods onto the shoulder of the highway near Davidsonville Road.

He was taken by ambulance under heavy police guard to the Anne Arundel Medical Center at 8 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his right knee sustained during last night's gunfire. He was listed there in stable condition.

Nelson's companion, Eric William Schumacher, 21, remained at large. Both fugitives are Canadian servicemen, members of the Royal Canadian Regiment in London, Ontario. They are wanted in Toronto on charges of attempting to kill a police officer there last Thursday.

Warrants issued today in Anne Arundel District Court have charged each man with attempted murder, conspiracy, two counts of assault with attempt to murder and handgun violations.

Today's arrest refocused the manhunt on a different expanse of woods and farms northeast of U.S. 50 and Davidsonville Road. State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson said about 100 state, county and Annapolis police were searching five square miles of territory, using two helicopters, patrols and dogs.

Residents of the rural area were warned to lock their doors and windows.

Schumacher is described as a white male, weighing 170 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He is clean shaven and was last seen wearing an olive shirt, dark pants and orange hiking boots.

Police said that at about 10:30 last night, Trooper Kimberly Bowman, 22, of the Annapolis Barracks, stopped two men who were hitchhiking on U.S. 50. When a computer check of their identification showed they were wanted in Canada, Bowman radioed for a backup, Jackson said. Trooper Kimberly Brooks, 27, also of the Annapolis barracks, arrived and the troopers attempted to arrest the pair.

"As Brooks was conducting a pat-down of one of the suspects, she was able to reveal a revolver in the waistband of his pants," Jackson said. After warning Brooks, Bowman "attempted to prevent the weapon from being removed, and to retrieve it. However, after a brief confrontation, both [troopers] retreated behind the cruiser."

As they did, the suspects drew handguns and one fired at least twice. One bullet pierced Bowman's uniform shirt, struck a belt and embedded in her handcuff case.

The second shot shattered the rear window of a police car as the officers returned the fire.

Neither trooper was injured. The suspects, still armed with the 9mm handgun and a .357 Magnum pistol, fled into heavy woods.

Moments after the men escaped, westbound U.S. 50 between U.S. 301 and Md. 424 was blocked off, and intermittent delays continued today.

The Toronto Star newspaper said today that Nelson and Schumacher are wanted by Canadian authorities for the shooting of Metro Toronto police Constable Larry Dee, 36, last Thursday.

Dee and another officer were working undercover in downtown Toronto when they asked two men for identification. One of them, allegedly Schumacher, pulled out a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and shot Dee in the face, the Star said. He was in fair condition today at Toronto Western Hospital.

Dee's partner returned the fire, but the suspects fled. One of the suspects dropped a military identification belonging to Schumacher. The pair was tracked to Montreal on Friday, where they bought a .357 Magnum handgun from a friend and 50 rounds of ammunition.

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