Two AWOL Canadian soldiers who caught in a police manhunt last monthin Crownsville were indicted yesterday on charges of attempting to murder two Maryland troopers.
An Anne Arundel County grand jury handed down identical 15-count indictments against Pvt. Eric William Schumacher, 21, and Pvt. Donald Nelson, 20. Charges against both men include assault with intent to murder, assault with attempt to maim, assault with intent to prevent arrest, possession and use of a handgun and conspiracy.
Police have said Schumacher and Nelson exchanged gunfire with state troopers Kimberly Bowman and Kimberly Brooks, both of the Annapolis barracks, June 6 on U.S. 50 in Davidsonville. Trooper Bowman had stopped the men, who were hitchhiking, and foundthey were wanted by Canadian authorities in the shooting of a Toronto constable.
During the shootout, Trooper Bowman was hit in the belt buckle by a bullet. Neither trooper was injured.
The fugitives escaped into nearby woods. Nelson was captured the following day. Schumacher was arrested June 8 along Interstate 97 south of Crownsville by an off-duty trooper who found a loaded .357 Magnum concealed under Schumacher's sweater and 24 rounds of ammunition, police said.
After his arrest, Schumacher, of Quebec, was treated for a minor leg injury at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and released, police said. Nelson, of London, Ontario, was treated for a bullet wound to the right knee at the hospital.
Both men are being held in lieu of $350,000 bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.