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Continuance granted for Myersville, Md. man shot in incident at park-and-ride

James Jacob Jardina was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and possession of a stolen handgun

June 11, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • James Jacob Jardina
James Jacob Jardina

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday granted a continuance for a Myersville, Md., man who was shot several times by police last year during an incident at a park-and-ride lot near Boonsboro.

James Jacob Jardina, 46, was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, possession of a stolen handgun and other offenses in the June 10, 2012, confrontation with police at the lot on Mapleville Road off Interstate 70.

Jardina, wearing gray pants with no belt and a blue button-downed shirt, entered the courtroom Tuesday with the assistance of a walker.

The prosecution and defense asked to approach the bench to talk to Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. After about five minutes, both sides returned to their tables, and Jardina left the courtroom without a word being said.

Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said afterward that the continuance was needed to check Jardina’s criminal record in Pennsylvania from the early 1990s.

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If found criminally responsible and convicted, Jardina faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the first-degree assault charges.

Police had been looking for Jardina after his wife called to report he was contemplating suicide, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported at the time.

A deputy and a Maryland Department of Natural Resources police officer saw Jardina’s pickup truck in the park-and-ride lot. As they approached it, Jardina got out and pointed a 9 mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun at them, police allege.

The officers fired 33 rounds from their .223-caliber semiautomatic rifles, hitting Jardina four or five times in the hip and torso areas, police said. An investigation determined the handgun in Jardina’s possession was stolen.

Creeden said during court proceedings earlier this year that Jardina was trying to commit “suicide by police.”

Jardina was hospitalized in Baltimore from the night of the shooting until October 2012. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center.

The proceedings will be continued July 8.

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