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Hagerstown man sentenced for January shooting

August 24, 1999

A Hagerstown man involved in a January shooting in the 400 block of Park Place was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday to five years in prison for reckless endangerment.

Durrell M. Blackmond, 26, of the 100 block of West Church Street, faced attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault charges in the incident. Those charges were dropped in exchange for his Tuesday plea to a reckless endangerment charge.

Hagerstown City Police said an unidentified woman called police on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 12, to tell them she heard shots at around 4 p.m.

Officers who checked out the call stopped a man who was fleeing the scene, police said.

Police developed information that Blackmond had been in a fight with William S. Pearsall, 21, of 55 S. Potomac St., and other occupants of a red Jeep Cherokee, according to court records.

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During the argument, several shots from a handgun were fired at the car, police reports said.

No one was struck and there were no injuries, police reports said.

Police stopped the Jeep Cherokee at the city limits on West Washington Avenue.

Several 9 mm shells were found at the scene, police reports said.

One of the shells had hit a white Buick Regal parked nearby. The shot entered through the side of the car and exited the top, according to police reports.

The owner of the car said she heard the shots and went outside. She said she didn't know her car had been hit until police pointed it out.

Blackmond had been held on $200,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center since Jan. 14.

- Marlo Barnhart

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