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Hagerstown man charged with attempted murder in shooting incident on Dual Highway

July 10, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Andrew Martin Campos
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A Hagerstown man charged with firing a handgun as he drove down Dual Highway on Tuesday afternoon was shooting at two people he believed had smashed the window of his vehicle at a hotel, according to charging documents.

Andrew Martin Campos, 23, of 117 N. Mulberry St. has been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and other charges, the documents said.

He appeared for a bond review hearing Wednesday afternoon via a closed-circuit television between the Washington County Detention Center and Washington County District Court in Hagerstown, where Judge R. Noel Spence maintained the previously set bond at $400,000.

Spence said the violent nature of the crime was enough reason to keep the bond at $400,000, despite hearing arguments from the prosecution to raise the bond, and arguments from the defense to lower it.

Campos also was charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment from a car; and one count each of firearm use in a violent crime, handgun on person and handgun in vehicle, the documents said.

Conviction on a charge of second-degree attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Police said the shooting occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive, where a man driving a red Ford Explorer fired a gunshot through the rear window of a Volkswagen Passat as the vehicles were heading east.

An inspection of the Volkswagen by police after the shooting revealed a bullet lodged in the interior passenger side door panel, according to the statement of probable cause.

The chase then led down Edgewood Drive until the driver of the Volkswagen turned toward Hagerstown and drove to the police department on Burhans Boulevard, the court documents said.

Police allege the Ford that Campos was driving continued to follow the Volkswagen into the police department parking lot, then sped off out of sight.

An investigation determined a woman passenger in the Volkswagen had been staying with Campos at the Clarion Hotel at 901 Dual Highway. The two got into an argument, and the woman called a friend to pick her up, the documents said.

When the friend arrived, he and the woman asked Campos to open the Ford Explorer so she could retrieve some personal items, the documents said. Police said Campos refused to open the vehicle and went inside the hotel.

The charging documents allege the woman and her friend admitted to using something similar to a tire iron to break the front passenger window of Campos’ vehicle to get inside. The two recovered some of the woman’s personal items and then drove away. However, Campos heard the alarm from his vehicle and went outside.

Campos got into his vehicle and started to chase the two east on Dual highway, the documents said.

The occupants of the Volkswagen told police they saw Campos pointing a black semiautomatic handgun at them before he fired a shot through the window, the documents said.

Police said they found Campos later in the day walking in the area of Burhans Boulevard and Salem Avenue. He was arrested without incident.

Campos told officers that he chased the Volkswagen because the occupants broke the window of his vehicle.

Campos admitted to chasing the Volkswagen as far as the police station, the documents said.

At that time, he drove through the parking lot, crossed over West Franklin Street and onto McPherson Street, the documents said.

Police said video cameras verified Campo’s route.

Campos parked his vehicle in the 300 block of West Franklin Street and walked away, the documents said.

Police found a 9 mm handgun in the weeds near the vehicle.

Campos denied having a handgun or firing shots at the Volkswagen, police said.

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