Man wanted in local shooting captured in Brooklyn

June 22, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION |

A man wanted in a shooting incident near Hagerstown on June 2 was captured Monday in Brooklyn, N.Y., after he allegedly tried to run over a U.S. marshal and struck two U.S. marshal vehicles during a pursuit, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigator.

Alex Garcia, 27, was being held Wednesday at Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, Detective Casey Barnes said Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities had been looking for Garcia since a man fired a .22-caliber pistol at another man while the victim and a woman were pushing a baby in a stroller along Linwood Road near the county and city line, police said.

The man walking with the woman was not hit, police said. Barnes said the two men knew each other and had been involved in a fight the previous day in Court 4 of Noland Village, Barnes said.

The man who fired the gun fled to his house at 938 Linwood Road and drove away in a vehicle, police said.

On Monday around 5:30 p.m., authorities spotted Garcia getting into a car in Brooklyn, Barnes said.

Garcia pulled away in the car and did not stop for marshals, Barnes said.

Garcia allegedly tried to run over a U.S. marshal, and struck two U.S. Marshal vehicles and three other cars during a pursuit, Barnes said.

Garcia got out of his car and was captured, Barnes said.

Although Garcia had an address of 938 Linwood Road, he is from New York and police believed he might return there.

Garcia also is wanted in New York for violation of probation, Barnes said. Barnes said Garcia will have to deal with violations in New York before local police can go to New York to arrest him on the local charges.

Barnes said the local charges against Garcia are attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, handgun in a vehicle, handgun on a person, use of a handgun in a violent felony and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

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