Man fac­ing at­tempted mur­der charges

Re­port­edly shot at man out­side Wal­dorf home

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A Lan­ham man was ar­rested on Fri­day night after he al­legedly tried to shoot his for­mer girl- friend’s fi­ancé out­side a Wal­dorf res­i­dence.

Charged with at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der, Ant­wan Jasper Thomp­son, 29, re­mains in cus­tody after his bond was set at $250,000, court

records show. Thomp­son re­port­edly fired a hand­gun twice at the man as he ran away, though no one was in­jured.

Around 6:50 p.m. on Fri­day, deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the area of Ash­ford Cir­cle for a re­ported shoot­ing, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. Upon ar­rival, an of- fi­cer found the vic­tim un- in­jured a short dis­tance from where he said he was shot at by Thomp­son.

The vic­tim told po­lice that he had been at his fi­anceé’s house on Bram­ley Court when a man rang the door­bell be­fore go­ing around the cor­ner of the house, court records in­di­cate. When he went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate, the vic­tim said he al­legedly saw Thomp­son, who he rec­og­nized by a tat­too on his hand, hold­ing a Glock hand­gun. Fear­ing for his life, the vic­tim ran away as Thomp­son re­port­edly fired two rounds that he heard go by his head, he told po­lice.

Of­fi­cers on the scene were able to find one .40 cal­iber shell cas­ing from the scene in poor light- ing con­di­tions, and noted that an­other cas­ing may have been in the grass, po­lice records state.

After ob­tain­ing a ve­hi­cle de­scrip­tion from a po­lice data­base, deputies lo­cated Thomp­son driv- ing on Route 210 at what ap­peared to be a high rate of speed and pulled him over, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate. Upon search­ing the car, of­fi­cers re­port­edly dis­cov­ered a loaded Glock hand­gun which was miss­ing two to three .40 cal­iber bul­lets, a mask, a la­tex glove and cloth­ing items that matched the de­scrip­tion given by wit­nesses.

Po­lice noted that the re­cov­ered hand­gun was found to have been stolen from Sal­is­bury, N.C., in 2011, and that Thomp­son was dis­qual­i­fied from pos­sess­ing a hand­gun due to two prior un­law­ful firearm pos­ses­sion con­vic­tions.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing date has been sched­uled for Dec. 21.

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