DEA agent's son jailed in shooting

Teen fired service weapon at his parents in Crofton home and fled to N.J., police say

December 30, 2005|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

The 17-year-old son of a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent was arrested yesterday after he fired shots at his parents in their Crofton home and then fled to New Jersey, authorities said. Neither parent was hurt, police said.

Thomas Reimann, 17, of the 1700 block of Shaftsbury Ave., was charged as an adult with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police department.

Reimann was arrested in North Caldwell, N.J., by the North Caldwell police department at 9 a.m. yesterday and was awaiting extradition to Anne Arundel County yesterday afternoon, Urbas said.

Officials at the North Caldwell police department referred calls to the Essex County prosecutor's office. The prosecutor's office did not return repeated phone calls.

Nobody was home at the Reimanns' house yesterday afternoon, but television crews were camped in front of the house.

Police said the shootings occurred at 3 a.m. after the boy's parents, Mark and Katherine, brought the family dog back from the veterinarian, Urbas said. "There was some sort of argument over the dog," he said.

After fighting with his parents, Thomas Reimann went to another room and reappeared in camouflage, armed with his father's .40-caliber service handgun, Urbas said.

He fired at his mother in the kitchen, but the shot missed her and hit the floor instead, Urbas said.

When he heard the gun go off, the boy's father rushed into the kitchen. The son fired at least once at his father, Urbas said.

Thomas Reimann then gathered extra ammunition, body armor and the gun and drove away in the family's Toyota Camry, Urbas said.

After getting a tip, police searched a relative's home in North Caldwell and arrested Reimann there without incident, Urbas said. The gun was recovered when Reimann was arrested, Urbas said.

John W. Douglas, 92, who lives across the street from the Reimanns, said the family had moved to the neighborhood from New Jersey in the past three or four weeks.

DEA spokesman William L. Grant declined to comment on Mark Reimann's position but confirmed that he works at the agency's Washington headquarters.

"It is a family issue at this point, from what I understand," Grant said. Typically when a service weapon is fired the DEA launches an internal investigation, but at this point one has not been launched, Grant said.

Grant also noted that DEA guidelines require service weapons to be stored in a secure place when they are in the agent's house and said that the gun had been stored appropriately. Grant declined to say what constitutes a secure place.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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