Man who shot trooper gets 50 years

October 16, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 24-year-old former Middle River man, who shot a state trooper twice in the chest during a routine traffic stop May 11 in Edgewood, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended after he pleaded guilty to an attempted murder charge in Circuit Court Friday.

Judge Stephen M. Waldron accepted the plea of Steven James Boggs, formerly of the first block of Blister Street.

Tfc. Eric P. Johanson, 32, was treated for minor cuts and bruises at Fallston General Hospital. Police said the body armor worn by the trooper saved his life.

Prosecutors said Boggs had written a letter to Trooper Johanson since the incident.

Boggs faced 8 1/2 years in prison for a parole violation on a previous storehouse burglary, prosecutor Hans Miller said. "He had told a co-worker that, if he ever got stopped by police, he'd rather die than go back to jail."

"But for the vest, Trooper Johanson would be a memory," the judge told Boggs.

Mr. Miller said Trooper Johanson was knocked down by the two .38-caliber bullets that struck each of the trooper's uniform shirt pockets.

One bullet was found in the trooper's vest and one deflected and grazed his side, causing minor bleeding, Mr. Miller said.

Trooper Johanson fired four shots at the fleeing suspect's car and then climbed back into his police cruiser and chased the fleeing vehicle for about two miles before he realized he was injured, Mr. Miller said.

The trooper pulled to the side of the highway, realizing his fellow troopers were in pursuit of Boggs, who was driving toward Aberdeen.

Along the way, Boggs fired at least one shot, which struck the patrol car of Deputy 1st Class Duane Williams, Mr. Miller said.

After his car was rammed by a patrol car and he got turned around, Boggs eventually stopped his car and ran into a wooded area, where he was quickly captured.

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