Man pleads guilty to assault on officer

February 01, 1994

A 23-year-old Glen Burnie man admitted in court yesterday that he attempted to stab a police officer who came to his home to break up a domestic disturbance.

Franklin W. Compton of the 700 block of Wellham Ave. pleaded guilty before Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Theime Jr. to assault with intent to maim and assaulting a police officer in an incident at his home last Aug. 11.

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford II said that Compton's girlfriend, Beverly Singleton, 22, of the 7700 block of Overhill Road, Glen Burnie, had stopped at Compton's house to drop off their 2-year-old son for a visit.

The couple began arguing. Compton stabbed Ms. Singleton in the right arm, severing an artery, before he ran inside. Compton climbed a narrow flight of stairs and kept officers at bay, brandishing a knife and threatening to kill himself and the officers, Mr. Mulford said.

Members of the department's tactical squad arrived, and one of them fired a rubber bullet at Compton in an attempt to subdue him.

The bullet hit Compton in the chest, but he still refused to surrender, Mr. Mulford said.

Officer David Doucet, a member of the tactical unit, then charged up the stairs behind a shield. Compton slashed at the shield, Mr. Mulford said, but the officer escaped injury.

Compton turned himself in without incident about 20 minutes later, he said.

Judge Theime ordered a psychological evaluation and set sentencing for March 9. Compton could be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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