Man receives probation in police assault

Officers shot him during confrontation at home


A South Carroll man, shot in the neck during a confrontation with police outside his home in October, received probation yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court for assaulting an officer.

Under a plea bargain, Kevin Carle Craig, 44, was convicted of first-degree assault for pointing a shotgun at one of four officers, and of marijuana possession, based upon a statement of facts by the prosecution.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. offered probation before judgment - a sentence that would erase this conviction after a successful probation. Craig had no prior criminal record.

"He's lucky he wasn't killed, and he deserved what he got," Senior State's Attorney David P. Daggett said after sentencing.

He had asked that Craig be ordered to serve 18 months in jail on a 15-year sentence for the assault conviction, which is punishable by up to 25 years in state prison.

The shooting occurred Oct. 2 in the 4100 block of Home Dale Road near Morgan Run Environmental Area. The incident began with a call to state police from Carroll County General Hospital, where Craig's wife had admitted herself for stress treatment. She told a staff member she was concerned her husband was suicidal because she was leaving him, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the Westminster barracks.

As an officer called the home, police were dispatched to check on Craig. Katz said Craig told the officer on the phone, "If you come in here, there's going to be a war." Craig confronted the officers with a rifle and a shotgun.

Craig said in court that he was leaving the house with the guns to find his son and hunt deer for a neighbor under a crop-damage permit when police surrounded him.

When he failed to drop the weapons, three state troopers and a sheriff's deputy fired 15 to 20 shots, police said. A routine investigation cleared the officers.

One bullet hit Craig in the neck, lodging in his left shoulder, and was removed about a month later, he said, as he and defense attorney Charles O. Fisher Jr. outlined his health problems since the shooting.

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