Hagerstown man charged with making false report

June 10, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man who told city police on June 1 that he was shot during a "covert military operation" in Baltimore was charged Friday with making up the story, police said Monday.

Christopher Scott Lindewurth, 28, of 11402 Lakeside Drive, was served Friday with a criminal summons charging him with making a false report of a crime, police said.

A conviction on the charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Lindewurth has been released from Washington County Hospital, a spokeswoman there said Tuesday.

Police were called to Washington County Hospital on June 1 at about 5:15 a.m. after one of Lindewurth's neighbors drove him there. Lindewurth had a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, Johnson said.

"We know from everything we checked out ... and his own statements indicate, that no one actually shot him," and he was not shot in Baltimore, like he claimed, Johnson said. While the wounds were found to be self-inflicted, it was not clear whether it was intentional or accidental, police said.


Police have not found the scene where Lindewurth was shot, but they found the .22-caliber rifle with which he was shot shortly after he went to the hospital, Johnson said.

A search of Lindewurth's mobile home near Halfway Boulevard turned up the rifle, police said. While the bullet that hit Lindewurth was never found - it entered and exited his body - forensic tests linked the rifle, Johnson said.

Johnson said the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Baltimore City Police and federal agencies looked into the shooting. Johnson said the federal agencies asked not to be named.

He said the case needed the extra hands because "it was obviously strange from the beginning. It took us some time to ... determine actually what we had," Johnson said.

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