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Hagerstown man charged after rifle fire

July 14, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Police say a Hagerstown man fired a rifle early Saturday during a confrontation on Eldridge Drive, according to Washington County District Court records.

James Michael Devine, 56, of the 900 block of Eldridge Drive, was charged with three counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, court records show. He was also charged with the Hagerstown municipal infraction of discharging a weapon within city limits.

The incident happened before 1 a.m. Saturday, according to charging documents filed by Hagerstown Police Officer Casey B. Constable. Devine said he fired two warning shots into the woods when he was approached by two men who had been yelling at him and threatening him from the back of a pickup truck, Constable wrote. The driver of the truck told police Devine also shot at the truck as he drove by, adding he heard about 10 shots, Constable wrote.

Devine was released on his own recognizance after a bond review hearing Monday, court records show. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. in Washington County District Court.

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