Man wounded by trooper

August 01, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A Frederick County man was listed in critical but stable condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was shot in the chest by a state trooper investigating a domestic dispute in New Windsor.

The man was expected to survive his wounds, said a state police spokesman.

Police said John M. Carter, 45, of Thurmont, had handcuffed his estranged wife to a metal pipe in a second-floor bedroom of her home in New Windsor and threatened to kill her. He was wounded after allegedly pointing a shotgun at a state trooper, authorities said.

Police said the man entered his wife's home in the 100 block of Main St. in the Carroll County community and forced her to the bedroom. The wife, Mary Jane Carter, whose age was not known, was slightly injured, police said.

Michael McKelvin, a state police spokesman, said the husband was under a court order to stay away from his wife.

Mr. McKelvin said a patron of a tavern next door to the woman's house saw the man enter the home shortly before 10 p.m. and called the state police. The husband had been drinking, the patron told police.

When Troopers Sean Miller, Edward Humphreys and Philip Henry arrived at the house, a friend of the husband was trying to talk him out of harming his wife, the spokesman said.

After the officers moved the friend away, Troopers Miller and Humphreys entered the house as the husband was seen entering a second-floor room.

As Trooper Henry remained at the front door, Troopers Miller and Humphreys walked up the stairs and confronted the husband in a hallway. As the troopers attempted to convince the man to surrender, he allegedly pointed a shotgun at Trooper Humphreys and threatened to kill him. Trooper Humphreys, according to Mr. McKelvin, grabbed the barrel of the shotgun but lost control of it when the husband wrenched it back.

When the husband again pointed the weapon at the officers, Trooper Miller wounded the man in the chest with a .12-gauge shotgun.

Police used a hacksaw to free the woman. She was treated at Carroll County General Hospital for minor injuries.

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