A Finksburg man was charged with first-degree assault yesterday after state police say he shot at his estranged wife with a 30-30 rifle, barricaded himself inside her home and then tried to kill himself with an overdose of prescription medicine.
Steve R. Walters, 32, was charged with assault, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure and violation of a protective order after the Friday night incident, police said. He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was in the custody last night of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
Walters' wife, Mary M. Walters, 34, had obtained a protective order against her husband about six months ago but had agreed to allow him to spend the night there before the two began arguing, said Sgt. Chris M. Sasse of the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police.
"She had applied for a protective order and it was still in effect," Sasse said. "Even though she invited him over, he is still being charged with violating it."
Walters was visiting his wife at her home in the 3000 block of Old Gamber Road about 9:45 p.m. Friday when an argument broke out. He is accused of grabbing a rifle in the home and shooting at her twice, missing, Sasse said.
Mary Walters took two of her children, ages 8 and 13, and fled the residence, leaving her 3-year-old son asleep in a bedroom, Sasse said. She called police from the home of a neighbor, he said.
Nearly two dozen troopers, including a special tactical assault team, responded to the call.
Walters put down the rifle when asked, but told police he had ingested about 60 pills of prescription medication, Sasse said.
Walters grew sleepy while talking on the phone with a police negotiator, and police entered the home through a back door and arrested him, Sasse said.
The 3-year-old slept through the incident, he said.
Walters will remain at the hospital, under guard by sheriff's deputies, until he is well enough for a bail hearing, Sasse said.