Man charged in hostage incident

January 25, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A Norrisville man who held his wife hostage Jan. 10 until he was shot by a Harford County sheriff's marksman was charged yesterday in a warrant with attempted murder, authorities said yesterday.

David Charles Kling, 28, of the 5100 block of Buttermilk Road also was charged with assault with intent to murder, five counts of assault, battery, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and weapons charges, said Sgt. Robert Richick, lead investigator in the case.

Mr. Kling was shot in the face by a sheriff's sniper after a two-hour standoff with deputies in which he fired one blast from a shotgun, poured gasoline on his wife's feet and repeatedly threatened to set her on fire, according to authorities. He remains in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Cathleen Kling, the man's wife, was severely shaken but not injured in the incident, authorities said.

Mr. Kling will be served with the warrant as soon as his doctors say he is well enough to understand the charges and the arrest procedure, Sergeant Richick said.

Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows, who ordered Sheriff's Response Team marksmen to use deadly force if necessary to end the standoff, said State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly has reviewed the incident and concluded that the shooting was "necessary and appropriate."

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