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Myersville man shot by officers is facing charges

James Jacob Jardina has been charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault

June 14, 2012

A Myersville, Md., man who was shot Sunday after allegedly pointing his gun at two law-enforcement officers is facing several assault and weapons charges, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

James Jacob Jardina has been charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, among other counts, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Jardina, 45, was shot in the torso and hip on Sunday during a confrontation at the park-and-ride lot off Md. 66 between Smithsburg and Boonsboro, the sheriff’s office has said.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said at the time that Jardina got out of his pickup truck and pointed a handgun at officers who responded to a call for a man threatening suicide.

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Officers spotted Jardina’s pickup truck in the park-and-ride lot shortly before 1 a.m.

A sheriff’s deputy went to one entrance of the park and ride, while a second deputy and a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer went to the other entrance.

When Jardina tried to drive away and saw that his path was blocked, he got out of the truck carrying a gun and approached the Natural Resources Police officer and the deputy, the sheriff’s office has said.

The officers fired their rifles at Jardina 33 times, hitting him four or five times, the sheriff’s office has said.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office identified the officers involved in the shooting as:

  • Deputy Jasen Logsdon, who has been with the sheriff’s office for four years after several years as a police officer elsewhere.
  • Officer Daniel Harbaugh, a 23-year veteran with the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Both officers were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

The Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the investigation of the shooting, the release said.

Jardina remained in critical condition on Thursday at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The sheriff’s office said deputies will not serve an arrest warrant until Jardina’s health improves to the point where he can be served.

Besides the four counts of assault, Jardina also faces one count each of theft by possession under $1,000 (a handgun), violating a protective order (by possessing a handgun), using a handgun in the commission of a felony, possessing a handgun in a vehicle without a permit, possessing a handgun in a vehicle without a permit and possessing a stolen regulated firearm, the release said.

— Andrew Schotz

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