A Calvert County grand jury handed down a three count indictment June 20 against a Solomons man who is accused of shooting a teenager. The incident occurred during the early evening hours of May 16 in the vicinity of the Solomons Landing Condominiums, police said.
The victim, a 15-year-old Lusby boy, was flown to Prince George’s County Hospital Shock Trauma Unit with non-life threatening injuries. The teen had been struck about his right knee.
The accused, identified by the Calvert Investigative Team (CIT) as Charles Joseph Armiger, 66, was taken into custody shortly after the 6:o5 p.m. incident. Armiger was holding a shotgun when he approached Sgt. M. Hurlock shortly after the incident occurred.
“Armiger advised the investigators that he had encountered problems with a group of juvenile skateboarders on the Solomons Landing property in the past,” a CIT press release stated. “On this evening, he stated that he observed seven or eight juveniles on their skateboards and heard them using profanity and banging on the doors of other residents. Armiger said when he tried to intervene, one of the juveniles called him a profane name so he [Armiger] pepper-sprayed him. The remaining juveniles fled toward Maryland Route 765, attempting to leave the area. Armiger stated a neighbor ran after the kids while Armiger went back inside his home and retrieved his shotgun. Armiger advised he fired a shot intending to scare the juveniles but the shot struck the victim, who was on Route 765 still attempting to leave the area.”
Armiger was initially charged with first-and second-degree assault. According to documents on file at Calvert County circuit court, the grand jury added one count of reckless endangerment to the list of charges. A hearing date has not been set.
The day after the incident, the Solomons Landing property owners board of directors issued a statement labeling the shooting as “an isolated incident.” The board acknowledged that teenage trespassers had created problems within the community, including direct harassment of some residents. “The sheriff’s office is aware of this situation,” the letter stated. “Our response as residents should be to avoid confrontation, relying instead on the sheriff’s department. We can support the sheriff by providing images from our surveillance cameras and bearing witness to events. Still, enforcing the law is solely their job.”
Armiger could face a maximum of 40 years in jail and fines up to $7,500 if convicted of all charges.
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