Man Shoots Skateboarder With Shotgun

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Craig Melvin reports on a man who just got fed up with delinquent youths. (Published Wednesday, May 18, 2011)

    A 66-year-old Calvert County resident used a shotgun to resolve an alleged trespassing incident.

    That was after he used a can of pepper spray, police said.

    A sergeant from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of trespassing at 6:05 p.m. on Monday, May 16.  The alleged trespassing happened at the Solomons Landing Condominiums, in Solomons.

    When Sgt. M. Hurlock arrived, he said he heard a single gunshot, and was then approached by Charles Joseph Armiger, who was holding a shotgun.

    Armiger, a resident of Solomons, told investigators that he'd had a history of run-ins with a group of skateboarders in the neighborhood.  He said on Monday night, a group of 7 or 8 skateboarders, all minors, had been cursing, swearing, and banging on doors in the neighborhood.

    According to police, Armiger tried to stop the mischief-making, but one of the skateboarders started using profanity against him.  That's when the 66-year-old sprayed the youth down with pepper spray, Armiger told investigators.  He said that after he used the pepper spray, the kids ran.

    But he wasn't done yet.

    Armiger said that while a neighbor gave chase to the skateboarders, he went back inside to get his shotgun.  He fired at the kids, who were down the road, running away.  Armiger told the Sheriff's department that he had only pulled the trigger to the shotgun to scare the kids, but one skateboarder was struck in the leg.  The juvenile, a 15-year-old, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

    Armiger is being held on $50,000 bond for first and second degree assault.