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Md. Man Charged in Shooting

By Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 1, 2005; Page B02

A Montgomery County man who shot his wife and critically wounded another woman after a dispute yesterday at first tried to flee in his truck but was talked into surrendering during a cell phone conversation with an officer, police said.

Investigators said the argument that led to the shooting erupted at 1:40 a.m. when Charles M. Rice, 37, drove to the home of a couple his wife was visiting in the 3200 block of Tapestry Circle in Burtonsville.

He tried to persuade her to leave with him. When his wife refused to depart, Rice pulled out a handgun and opened fire, police said. A bullet grazed Rice's wife, but the woman who lived in the house was struck in the head, police said.

Rice, of the 16000 block of Batson Road in Spencerville, forced his wife into a dark-colored pickup truck and fled toward Anne Arundel County, police said. An officer reached Rice on a cell phone and persuaded him to surrender.

Police said Rice stopped on the southbound side of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Route 198 and was arrested by U.S. Park Police. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

The woman who was shot in the head was taken by helicopter to a trauma center, where she remains in critical condition, police said. Rice's wife was treated at a local hospital and has been released. Police did not release the victims' names.

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