Shooting suspect Murphy arrested

June 07, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

At large since he was charged in a Dec. 4 shooting spree on Jonathan Street, Terrance Sam Murphy has been recaptured by Hagerstown City Police.

He was arrested when a search warrant was executed for an address on Ross Street Sunday night, said Capt. Robert Hart. When officers arrived, Murphy tried to go out a back window but was caught, police alleged.

Murphy now faces new charges, including possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, possession of drugs (not marijuana), possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest, for which he is being held on $100,000 bond, court records said.

In addition, he was being held without bond for failure to appear in Washington County Circuit Court on the shooting charges.


"We've learned there are also detainers on Murphy in New York," Hart said.

Murphy, 23, originally gave police the name Keith Lee Smith when he was located at Frederick Memorial Hospital the day after the shooting, police said.

First thought to be a victim, Murphy was later identified as a suspect.

Murphy, who lists addresses in Hagerstown and Brooklyn, N.Y., is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun offenses in the shooting, police said.

The victim, Jarrard Jordan, 21, of no fixed address, was found in the first-floor entryway of 229 N. Jonathan St. on Dec. 4 at 10:30 p.m.

He had been shot once in the upper back and was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, police said.

Murphy, who also goes by Smith, was treated in Frederick for gunshot wounds to the right arm and right leg, police said.

When police checked on both men again the day after the shootings, they learned both had checked themselves out of their respective hospitals.

Police found 16 empty shell casings at the crime scene, raising fears that innocent people could have been hit, police said.

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