Officer is not indicted in suspect's shooting Grand jury praises county policeman

June 25, 1993

A Howard County grand jury has refused to indict a county police officer for shooting a suspect who had attacked him at a Jessup shopping center in April.

Instead, the grand jury praised Officer Patrick McDonald last week, when it reviewed the April 29 incident, said Sgt. Gary Gardner, a county police spokesman.

In the incident, Officer McDonald shot David Shipley of Baltimore six times after he grabbed the officer's can of pepper tear gas and sprayed him with it outside the Columbia Junction Shopping Center, police said.

Test results later determined that Mr. Shipley was under the influence of the drug PCP, police said.

Mr. Shipley, 24, was critically wounded and later released from the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

He has been charged with assault with intent to maim, battery, theft and resisting arrest.

Officer McDonald, 30, has been with the county Police Department for four years.

The grand jury meets twice a month to decide if charges will be filed in cases presented for its review by the Howard County state's attorney's office.

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