A grand jury investigating an FBI agent's mistaken shooting of an unarmed Pasadena man in March began taking testimony yesterday, with the wounded 20-year-old as one of the first witnesses.
The Anne Arundel County grand jury is expected to hear many more witnesses as it considers whether to indict FBI Special Agent Christopher Braga for shooting Joseph Charles Schultz on March 1 as Schultz and his girlfriend returned from a trip to a mall.
Braga mistook Schultz for a bank robbery suspect the agent and his unit were searching for that day and shot him in the face with an M-4 rifle.
The FBI admitted the error. Schultz had nothing to do with the bank robbery, and a suspect was arrested two days later.
Schultz's girlfriend, Krissy Harkum, 16, of Pasadena, who was driving the car stopped by the FBI, also testified yesterday before the 23-member panel.
FBI agents and Anne Arundel County police also were called, and their testimony is expected to continue through the week.
No one connected with the case would comment yesterday on the grand jury's investigation.
After the shooting, Braga, a member of a SWAT unit, was reassigned to a squad that does not deal with violent crime.