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Warrant executed in connection with officer's shooting

August 28, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A search warrant was executed at a Hagerstown man's home Wednesday morning as part of the investigation into the shooting of Montgomery County (Md.) Police Officer Kyle Olinger, according to a statement of probable cause provided by Hagerstown City Police.

Olinger, 37, was shot in the neck on Aug. 13 when he approached the passenger side of a blue 1993 Chrysler New Yorker at around 12:15 a.m. during a traffic stop in Silver Spring, Md., according to a Montgomery County Police statement.

Olinger still was at a Washington, D.C., area hospital on Wednesday recovering from nine hours of reconstructive surgery to his neck, said Derek Baliles, an officer and spokesman for Montgomery County Police in Rockville, Md. Olinger is paralyzed from the chest down, Baliles said.

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Fadi Kadamani, address unknown, and Terrence Arthur Green, of Mount Rainier, Md., each were charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting, Montgomery County Police said.

Montgomery County Police allege that Green was the shooter.

The handgun used in the shooting was found when Green was arrested, Baliles said.

The registered owner of that handgun is listed as Dwight Coolage Eppard, 37, of 931 Security Road in Hagerstown, according to the statement of probable cause provided by Hagerstown Police.

Police were trying to determine how the handgun got from Eppard to Green, Baliles said.

Hagerstown Police, Maryland State Police and Montgomery County Police searched Eppard's Security Road home on Wednesday morning, police said.

Police seized 14 firearms, a stolen Suzuki motorcycle, a small silver container of greenish brown vegetable matter, a bong containing burnt residue, a bowl containing greenish brown vegetable matter and a smoking device, and a large plastic bag containing 11.78 grams of suspected marijuana, Baliles and the statement of probable cause alleged.

The motorcycle had been stolen on Sept. 4, 2001, according to the statement of probable cause.

Eppard was charged with theft, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, according to the charging statement provided by Hagerstown City Police.

It was unclear Wednesday afternoon who had custody of Eppard. He was not at the Washington County Detention Center, the Hagerstown Police Department or the Hagerstown barracks of the Maryland State Police, officials said.

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