Husband arrested in wife's killing

January 08, 1995|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

Police in Charlotte, N.C., arrested Daniel Scott Harney at a motel last night after the Ellicott City man charged in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife the day after Christmas was featured on a national television program.

Mr. Harney, 40, also was being sought by Howard County police in the wounding of a male visitor that his wife, Shirley, 41, was entertaining at their house in the Brampton Hills section of Ellicott City, then leaving with his two sons, ages 8 and 10. The boys were with Mr. Harney when he was arrested last night and seemed to be in good condition, police said.

Mr. Harney's photo and a brief description of the charges against him were broadcast at halftime of the San Francisco 49ers-Chicago Bears football game yesterday afternoon in a commercial promoting the Fox Television show "America's Most Wanted." Mr. Harney's case was featured on that show, which was broadcast last night.

As a result of that halftime ad, a woman who works in a Charlotte employment agency called local police after she recognized Mr. Harney as someone who recently had applied for a job, using the name Dan Harney and listing a Charlotte motel as his address, said Cpl. Frank Dayhoff, of Howard County police.

North Carolina authorities went to the motel, verified that a man named Daniel Harney was staying there, and waited, the corporal said.

About 9:30 p.m., Mr. Harney and his sons, Paul, 10, and Ryan, 8, pulled up in Mr. Harney's Toyota.

The woman from the employment office isn't the only one who recognized Mr. Harney, the officer said.

More than 100 people called the show to say they had seen Mr. Harney, including a woman from Indiana who remembered meeting Mr. Harney and his sons Dec. 29 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Investigators from Howard County were traveling to Charlotte today to interview Mr. Harney and talk to his children.

DTC Corporal Dayhoff said the two boys would likely stay with Mr. Harney's parents in northern Virginia. Corporal Dayhoff said the Harneys had marital problems and separated in July. Last month, Mr. Harney purchased a .38-caliber handgun from a licensed gun dealer. On Dec. 26, he had the children for the holidays.

Police suspect Mr. Harney left his boys at his Owings Mills apartment, drove to his wife's home in Ellicott City and found her with another man.

It was then that Mr. Harney's wife was shot fatally and her 45-year-old companion wounded.

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