A 9mm semi-automatic handgun believed used by one of two Canadian soldiers in a shootout last week with Maryland troopers has been found in a woods near Davidsonville, State Police said.
Police said the fully loaded Czechoslovakian-made weapon, with its hammer still cocked, was found shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday by volunteers, who combed a wooded area near where the two fugitives fled after they allegedly shot at two female troopers assigned to the Annapolis barracks.
While troopers Kim Bowman and Kimberly Brooks were searching the men, whom they had stopped on U.S. 50 near Md. 474 on June 6, one of the suspects pulled out a large-caliber handgun and fired several shots at the officers, police said.
The troopers, who were not injured, returned fire, striking one of the men in a knee, police said. The fugitives escaped into the heavily wooded area but were captured within the next two days.
Donald R. Nelson, 20, and Eric W. Schumacher, 21, who were absent without leave, remain in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of $350,000 bail each, police said. They were being sought in connection with the attempted murder May 30 of a Toronto police constable.
Detainers from Canada charging them with the attempted murder of the constable have been placed against the pair, police said.
Police said the gun found yesterday was believed used by Nelson in the shootout with the troopers and was also used in the Toronto incident.
When captured, Schumacher was armed with a .357 Magnum handgun, police said.