By MARLO BARNHART
Smithsburg Police Chief Tom Bowers acted appropriately last November when he fired his gun at a suspect who was barreling down on him with his vehicle during a police pursuit.
That was the ruling of Sgt. Vincent Maas of the Maryland State Police internal affairs division, who conducted an investigation of the Nov. 10, 1996, incident.
The suspect, Richard A. Sheffler, 29, of Waynesboro, Pa., was struck in the leg by one of the shots fired by Bowers, police said.