City man faces charges in shooting incident

August 16, 1998

A Hagerstown man was charged with two counts of first-degree assault on Friday night after two repossession agents were fired at, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Ronie Marsch Matthews, 57, of 1618 Dual Highway, was released from the Washington County Detention Center on Saturday after posting $50,000 bond, police said.

Repossession agents Denise Keller, 46, and Greg Keller, 49, of Mapleville Road, went to 1618 Dual Highway on Friday night to repossess a car, police said.

A female driver eluded them in the car so the agents waited in the driveway, police said.

While waiting, a man driving a pickup pulled into the driveway around 9:30 p.m. and upon learning why the agents were there started kicking the agents' vehicle, police said.


The agents moved their vehicle, parking on the shoulder of Dual Highway, when the man returned from the residence with a handgun, police said.

According to police, the agents said the man faced them and fired one round before they left and called police.

A Colt .38-caliber revolver loaded with live rounds and one spent cartridge was found under the mattress in a bedroom at the house, police said.

Matthews also was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of carrying a deadly weapon with intent to cause injury and use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence, police said.

-Julie E. Greene

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