Man captured in HdG after helicopter, K-9 search

Havre de Grace Police arrested a 64-year-old man early Sunday morning who was allegedly carrying a handgun while intoxicated and walking through a residential area of the city.

Gary Edmond Pritt was taken into custody at 2:11 a.m. after officers, with the assistance of a police dog from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, found him under a tarp in the rear yard of a home in the 700 block of Chesapeake Drive, Julie Morgan, criminal secretary for the Havre de Grace Police Department, said Tuesday.

Police had been alerted to Pritt's presence at 12:24 a.m., when he was spotted along Chesapeake Drive, a residential street along the Chesapeake Bay, west of Tydings Memorial Park.

A brief statement provided by the Havre de Grace Police Monday indicated callers reported "a man armed with a gun."

"No one was injured and he didn't threaten anybody with the gun," Morgan said of Pritt.

Morgan said a Maryland State Police helicopter was called in to assist with the search, but was canceled because thick brush blocked views of Pritt from the air.

The Sheriff's Office police dog was able to track down the suspect.

A semi-automatic 9mm handgun, plus two magazines, was found about 15 feet from where officers caught Pritt, according to the statement.

Pritt was charged with wearing and carrying a handgun, recklessly engaging in conduct by carrying a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct "to wit," by being intoxicated and "endangering the safety" of the residents of Chesapeake Drive.

Pritt appeared before District Court Judge Susan Hazlett for a bail review hearing Tuesday.

His public defender, Bruce Andres, said the Bel Air High School graduate had served as a communications specialist in the Army from 1968 to 1971, and was honorably discharged.

Andres said Pritt, a retiree, had recently been homeless.

Hazlett ordered Pritt to be held on $75,000 bond, in part, because a prosecutor stated law enforcement needed a helicopter and police dog to search for him.

Aegis reporter Bryna Zumer contributed to this story.

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