Man faces attempted-murder charges after police say he shot at officer

December 10, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A Taneytown man accused of shooting at an officer Thursday night and telling police to "come and get me" — leading to a five-hour standoff — faces attempted-murder and drug charges, according to Maryland State Police.

Jose Acevedo, 41, was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He was being held Friday at the Carroll County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, two officers from the Taneytown Police Department went to the 400 block of Red Tulip Court for a report of shots fired, authorities said. One of the officers parked near the rear of a row of townhouses and walked along a fence, according to police. As he neared a yard, he heard a blast and was hit with shotgun wadding — the plastic cup that holds the shot together as it leaves the gun barrel —and dropped to the ground just before another round was fired, police said.

The officer, who was not injured, recognized the shooter as Acevedo because of a previous incident in September, police said. The officer retreated and called for backup, and the man continued firing, according to police.

State troopers from the Westminster barracks, as well as Carroll County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Westminster Police Department, responded to assist in the investigation, and area residents were notified through a reverse 911 system, police said.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, members of the state police's tactical assault and hostage recovery teams approached Acevedo's home in an armored vehicle and, over a loudspeaker, instructed him to come out. Minutes later, Acevedo walked out. Police said he was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of alcohol, and they used an electronic device to subdue and take him into custody.

After obtaining a search warrant, police said they found 20 spent shotgun shells on the back porch of Acevedo's home. Inside, they found a .12-gauge shotgun, two rifles, a handgun, ammunition and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

The Carroll Eagle staff contributed to this article.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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