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Rohrersville man accused of shooting two vehicles with an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle

Kirk Ivan Kline is charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, seven counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of malicious destruction of property

September 04, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Rohrersville man was being held on $350,000 bond Tuesday, accused of shooting two vehicles with an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle Saturday morning, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Kirk Ivan Kline, 30, of 20326 Locust Grove Road, is charged in two separate incidents — one at his home and a second outside a house in the 6300 block of Clevelandtown Road in Boonsboro, Washington County District Court records said.

Kline is charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, seven counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of malicious destruction of property in the incidents, court records said.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies went to the Locust Grove Road address for a report of a possible suicide attempt in progress, the application for statement of charges said. Kline’s employer had called 911 telling authorities Kline called him, saying he shot up his brother’s truck and planned to shoot himself, the document said.

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Kline was not at the house when deputies arrived and his girlfriend, Chrystal, Tribett and their children had gone to a hotel, the charging document said.

When interviewed by police, the girlfriend said Kline came home intoxicated at about 5 a.m. and fought with his brother, Matthew, the charging document said.

Kirk Kline went to get the rifle, threw Tribett to the floor when she tried to stop him and pointed the weapon at her, the charging document said. Kline went outside and “emptied the magazine” of an AK-47 at his brother’s truck, the document said.

Matthew Kline’s truck was hit at least twice and there were several holes in the ground around the vehicle, the charging document said. An empty magazine and 15 spent rounds were found, the document said.

Later Saturday morning, deputies went to the Clevelandtown Road home of James M. Smyle, whose vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, according to the charging document. Smyle and neighbors told deputies they heard shots fired between approximately 6 and 6:30 a.m., but did not see damage to the vehicle until later, the document said.

“It would appear the truck would be considered a total loss” with damage from 10 or more bullets causing an estimated $13,000 in damage, the charging document said.

“He’s dangerous. He lost control of himself and there is a public danger here,” Assistant State’s Attorney Arthur Rozes told District Judge Ralph H. France II at Kline’s bond hearing Tuesday. Rozes said that Smyle was “a perfect stranger” to Kline.

Assistant Public Defender Peter Norris told France that Kline’s family and girlfriend wanted him to get treatment and continue working, and there was no one near the vehicles when the shots were fired.

France did not reduce Kline’s bond.

The charging documents did not state when or where Kline was taken into custody. Court records said he was committed to the detention center Sunday.

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