City man treated for gunshot wound

June 02, 2003|By MARLO BARNHART

A Hagerstown man who showed up early Sunday at Washington County Hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen told police he was shot during a "covert military operation" at Fells Point near Baltimore.

Christopher Scott Lindewurth, 28, of 11402 Lakeside Drive, was admitted in fair condition shortly after undergoing exploratory surgery, said Lt. Rick Johnson of the Hagerstown City Police.

Lindewurth was driven to the hospital by a neighbor at 5:05 a.m. Sunday, Johnson said.

Once police were summoned to the hospital, they questioned Lindewurth, who told them of the alleged military operation in Baltimore.

As the investigation developed, police found Lindewurth's vehicle parked at his home in a mobile home development off Halfway Boulevard west of Valley Mall. They also discovered blood on the back of the driver's seat, police said.

Since the exact location of the incident couldn't be determined, Cpl. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department was called to assist with the case, Johnson said.


Sgt. Mike King and Detective Chris Kayser are working the case for the city police while Harsh is representing the sheriff's department.

Johnson said Sunday afternoon that police were unsure of what led to the shooting.

Calls to Lindewurth's home were met with a recording saying the telephone had been disconnected.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Hagerstown City Police at 301-790-3700, Washington County Sheriff's deputies at 301-791-3300 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

- Marlo Barnhart

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