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DNR police officer charged in assault

February 16, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

DNR police officer charged in assault

An officer with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police was jailed Saturday after his wife told authorities he threatened her with a gun.

Cpl. Larry W. Browning, 42, of 13901 Oleander Drive, Cumberland, Md., was released on $5,000 bond after being charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to officials at the Allegany County Detention Center.

Maryland State Police Sgt. G.M. Long said Browning's wife, Nancy Browning, told an Allegany County District Court commissioner that she was accosted around 1 p.m. while she was in a second-floor bathroom of the couple's home.

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Long said threats were made against Nancy Browning and Browning's former wife, Julia Browning, a former Hancock police officer.

Long alleged that a gun was pulled from a gym bag, pointed at Nancy Browning's head and a threat made to "take her out."

After Nancy Browning filed charges, police picked up Larry Browning at the YMCA Riverside Recreation Center in Cumberland shortly after 4 p.m., Long said. Several guns were recovered, according to authorities.

A DNR police officer in the Western Region, Larry Browning was placed on emergency suspension with pay, according to DNR Capt. Lou Ritter.

"A hearing is scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. in Annapolis," Ritter said. At that hearing, all information about the case will be weighed to determine if Browning will remain on suspension with or without pay, Ritter said.

Efforts to reach Larry Browning were unsuccessful. His telephone number is unlisted.

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