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Shotgun fired at police officers


Two off-duty Howard County police officers were hunting Tuesday afternoon in the Woodbine area south of Sykesville when someone fired a shotgun at them, police said yesterday.

Daniel Narden Ricker, 31, of the 6300 block of Waterloo Road in Elkridge was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and reckless endangerment. He owns property next to where the officers were hunting.

A police report also noted that Ricker had been banned from hunting on the same property.

One of the officers, Jacob Guy Bell, has permission to hunt on the property, a police report said.

As Bell walked in a cornfield next to Ricker's property, he noticed a man, wearing brown coveralls and a construction belt, brandishing a shotgun, police said.

The man fired eight shots into the air, each time stepping back around the corner of the house to hide. Then Bell looked through his binoculars and saw the man pointing the shotgun at him, police said.

Two shots were fired toward the officer, police said. Cpl. Dave Trapani, who was hunting with Bell, then saw Bell running across the cornfield screaming, "He's shooting at me!"

No one was hurt in the incident.

Police arrested Ricker as he was leaving his property, police said. He was released yesterday on his own recognizance.

Pub Date: 12/05/96

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