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Man held in assault involving gun, pan

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County police were investigating yesterday an assault involving a gun and a frying pan, and three men who had been drinking alcohol in a North Laurel apartment, according to authorities.

The only person who had been arrested was a 31-year-old man who, police say, tried to grab the gun that another man had displayed.

Police said they were called for a disturbance at an apartment in the 9200 block of Livery Lane about 1:30 a.m.

The authorities said that after a night of drinking, one man pulled out a handgun. A 31-year-old man tried to grab the gun when another man hit him over the head with a frying pan.

Police said the gun discharged as two men struggled for it, but no one was injured by gunfire. The man with the gun was described as a 33-year-old North Laurel resident. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center to treat a contusion to his forehead.

The man who swung the frying pan is a 38-year-old from Catonsville. Police said he was not injured.

The suspect who lunged for the gun was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated for bumps to his forehead, police said.

Howard County police charged James K. Beale with first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. His bail was set yesterday at $25,000, according to electronic court records.

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