Father and son held on bond after shooting

Police say elder fired when younger missed court date

July 08, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie father and son were in jail yesterday -- the son for outstanding arrest warrants, and his father for allegedly shooting at him after the father lost $5,000 in bail money because the son missed a court date, county police said.

The 67-year-old father allegedly chased his 39-year-old son in a Ford Bronco while firing at him with a .22-caliber pistol during a confrontation Thursday afternoon in Crownsville, police said. No one, including several bystanders, was hurt during the shooting in the 1000 block of Plum Creek Drive, according to police reports.

Edmund Ehatt was arrested at his home in the 7200 block of Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie Thursday night by Northern District officers, said Sgt. Joseph Jordan. Ehatt was charged with attempted second-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and a weapons offense. He was being held on $250,000 cash bond yesterday.

His son, Eric Edmund Ehatt, also was being held at the detention center on $5,000 bond for charges in Anne Arundel County and on $5,000 bond for charges in Baltimore.

Eric Ehatt was arrested by Western District officers shortly after the shooting in the 1000 block of Plum Creek Drive on two outstanding warrants: one stemming from a failure to appear in Anne Arundel county District Court May 10 to answer theft charges, and another warrant for violating probation in Baltimore.

When younger Ehatt jumped bail posted by his father for the May 10 appearance, police say the elder Ehatt went to track him down. Officers were on their way to the Crownsville address for a wanted-person report when they were dispatched to a shooting at the same location.

Several witnesses told police they that the elder Ehatt had come to Crownsville to detain his son for the police, but had begun shooting at his son when the younger Ehatt tried to run away.

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