Charges filed against Sharpsburg man in gun-firing incident

March 18, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

FREDERICK, MD. - A Sharpsburg man who authorities allege fired two guns inside a Frederick wastewater treatment plant earlier this week has been charged in that incident.

He was taken into police custody minutes after his release from a nearby hospital Thursday, a Frederick County Sheriff's Department deputy said.

Donald Lee Smith, 58, of 6631 Dam No. 4 Road, was charged Thursday with first-degree assault, carrying a handgun and two counts of reckless endangerment in connection with Monday's incident at the Marcies' Choice Lane plant, according to deputies.


A sheriff's department news release said the charges are related to the discharge of a rifle and a handgun inside the plant, where Smith was employed.

Deputies have said the incident was reported just after 8 p.m., inside the plant.

Deputy Jennifer Bailey, a sheriff's department spokeswoman, said a dozen deputies responded to the incident scene, four of whom entered the building to negotiate Smith's surrender.

"He was discharging the firearms when they entered," Bailey alleged. "He was shooting up things in the workplace."

Bailey said Smith surrendered to police less than 15 minutes after authorities began negotiating with him.

Bailey said no motive was known by Thursday, and there was no evidence to indicate Smith was shooting at anyone with the intent to injure them.

Operations at the plant were not affected because only floor tiles and walls were damaged by the bullets, Bailey said.

She said he was taken into custody immediately after being released from Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was taken Monday for an emergency evaluation, and charged.

Smith was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, according to the department.

A detention center spokesperson could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

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