Teen shooting suspect to face evaluation

CRIME WATCH

July 01, 2008|By MADISON PARK

A Forest Hill teenager, accused of shooting at a Harford County sheriff's deputy last week, was ordered yesterday by a judge to undergo a competency evaluation.

Justin Jacob Bristol, 16, appeared briefly via video for a bail hearing at Harford County District Court.

The teenager told Judge Victor K. Butanis that he had lived in Forest Hill for 16 years and that he was an 11th-grader at a school connected to the Sheppard Pratt Health System. Butanis ordered that Bristol be held without bail pending the evaluation.

On Friday, police said, they received a call that an agitated and possibly suicidal teenager had taken his grandmother's 2002 red Jeep Liberty without permission. The teenager had driven to a relative's home in Jarrettsville and had stolen several shotguns, rifles and ammunition, according to police.

Deputies pursued the Jeep, and the driver appeared to pull over. As the deputy approached the Jeep, the driver fired three shots from a rifle and sped off, according to a news release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The deputy was not injured.

A short time later, the vehicle rolled over at Irwin and Conowingo roads and the teenager suffered minor injuries.

Bristol was charged as an adult with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

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