Man suspected of shooting wife is found


A man suspected of shooting his wife Monday in Darlington - and accused of threatening another man with the same gun - was found by police Thursday night in Havre de Grace, along with the wounded woman.

William James Mitchell, 23, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony. All the charges stem from the alleged threatening. He was being held without bail yesterday at the Harford County Detention Center.

Mitchell was apprehended when someone saw him walking in the 900 block of Erie St. in Havre de Grace shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday and called police.

Police later found Mitchell's wife, Tesheka Smythe, 26, in the front yard of a home in the 800 block of Garfield Court in Havre de Grace. She had been shot twice - once in the arm and once in the leg - and had bandages on her wounds, police said. Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Smythe was not being held against her will.

"In fact, she hid from us," Hopkins said.

Smythe was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was being held yesterday at the Harford County Detention Center without bail on multiple outstanding warrants, Hopkins said.

According to the warrant for Mitchell's arrest, the couple showed up at a friend's home off Darlington Road about 2 a.m. Monday. Shortly afterward, the couple began arguing, and Mitchell shot Smythe, police said. Mitchell also is accused of pointing a gun at the friend, Timothy Bishop, and pulling the trigger. The gun failed to discharge, police said.

Bishop fled the home and when he returned, Mitchell and Smythe were gone.

Mitchell was seen about 3:15 a.m. Monday, driving his father's 1992 Geo Storm with the headlights off, police said. Driving west on U.S. 40 from Cecil County, he eluded police after a high-speed chase.

On Thursday, police discovered the Geo stuck in mud in front of the Garfield Court residence where Smythe was found.

According to Hopkins, Smythe and Mitchell knew the residents of the Garfield Court home.

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