Man with shotgun seized and charged with assault


A shotgun-toting Severna Park man was arrested Sunday after a tense confrontation with police and charged with assault with intent to murder his wife, county police said.

Freddie Zonia Sheppard, 47, of the first block of Whites Road also was charged with carrying a deadly weapon with intent to cause injury, battery, assault on an officer, and possession of marijuana.

Police went to the Whites Road address after someone called 911 and hung up and police dispatchers got a busy signal when they called back. When they arrived at the house, officers could hear a woman yelling for help.

Officers went into the house and found a man armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. Officers told the man to drop the weapon, but he refused, saying he was going to shoot police for being in his house.

The man then turned the weapon toward the officers, who threatened to shoot. The man then dropped the weapon and was arrested.

Officers found a small bag of what later tested positive for marijuana on him when they searched him, police said.

The woman received facial bruises, but was not hospitalized.

No bail information was available.

Pub Date: 8/13/96

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