Man shot by trooper in Harford charged with assault

A 52-year-old White Hall man who was shot by a Maryland State Police trooper in Harford County on Monday after allegedly pointing a shotgun at the officer has been charged with multiple counts of assault.

He's also been charged with reckless endangerment and using a dangerous weapon with intent to injure the officer.

Troopers had responded to the home of John E. Murphy, in the 4100 block of Norrisville Road, about 1:30 p.m. after his girlfriend called 911 and said he was armed, suicidal and wanted police to kill him, state police said.

Murphy exited the rear of the home as troopers were creating a perimeter and aimed a shotgun at Trooper Quinn Dobbins, state police said. Dobbins, also armed with a shotgun and "in fear for his life," shot Murphy in the shoulder and arm, police said.

Murphy is now being guarded at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was transported, on a $250,000 bond, state police said.

He faces two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, in addition to the weapon and endangerment charges.

Dobbins, of the Bel Air Barrack, is on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation into the shooting, police said.

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