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Man shot by police leaves hospital

November 14, 1996

11/14/96

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Waynesboro, Pa., man who was shot in the leg early Sunday while allegedly trying to run down a police officer showed up on crutches Thursday for a bond review in Washington County District Court.

Richard A. Sheffler, 29, had been released from Washington County Hospital earlier in the day after a four-day stay.

He was charged with assaulting a police officer, driving while intoxicated and numerous traffic violations.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France maintained Sheffler's bond at $200,000.

Smithsburg Police Chief Thomas Bowers was not hurt in the 2:15 a.m. incident. He went back to work earlier in the week after being placed briefly on administrative leave with pay by Smithsburg town officials.

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Bowers had just joined the high-speed police pursuit of Sheffler on Md. 491 when Sheffler's car spun on the wet road and stopped, police said.

Bowers walked toward the front of Sheffler's car, police said.

The car reversed and rammed a Washington, Pa., township cruiser, then drove forward, heading straight for Bowers, police said.

Bowers fell, but rolled out of the way and fired eight shots at Sheffler.

Wounded in the lower right leg, Sheffler drove about a mile before he stopped and surrendered, police said.

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