Man shot by police released from hospital, charged

Suspect allegedly held up Timonium gas station, threatened officer with board

April 21, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg, Staff

A Timonium man shot last week by Baltimore County police after allegedly threatening an officer with a wooden board in a barn was charged today with assault and robbery, authorities said.

George Hamilton Boynton, 46, of the first block of Tudor Court faces first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery and misdemeanor theft charges, according to police.

Authorities say that around 10:30 a.m. last Friday, Boynton went into a Sunoco gas station in the 100 block of Timonium Road and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. He allegedly implied that he had a gun and demanded money. When the clerk refused, Boynton grabbed the cigarettes and ran out, according to police.

The store's clerk then hit a silent alarm, summoning county police, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a department spokesman.

Unaware that Boynton was inside, officers searching for the robbery suspect entered a barn behind an abandoned house in the 200 block of West Timonium Road, according to Vinson. As one officer climbed a ladder into the barn's loft, Boynton allegedly threatened the officer with a 2-by-4 board.

Officer David Benesch, who was on the ground floor, shot Boynton once in the chest, Vinson said. Boynton was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and he was charged after being released from the hospital.

Although Boynton did not actually have a weapon at the time of the theft, he faces the armed robbery charge because he implied he had a weapon and "the clerk was in fear that he had one," according to Vinson.

Boynton is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $100,000 bail. A May 21 trial date was set, Vinson said.

Benesch, a four-year department veteran assigned to the Cockeysville precinct, has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation into the shooting.

Originally published April 21, 2004, 1:35 PM EDT

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