A Calvert County man fed up with skateboarders in his condominium complex pleaded guilty to first-degree assault Monday, admitting he fired his shotgun at fleeing teens after confronting them in May about riding on private property at Solomons Landing.
A shot injured a 15-year-old from Lusby who was hit in the leg, police and court accounts show.
Charles Armiger, 67, received a suspended five-year sentence, five years of probation and conditions that include forfeiting weapons and attending anger management classes after his plea to the felony of first-degree assault, said Laura L. Martin, state’s attorney in Calvert.
Five teenage skateboarders were at the complex early in the evening of May 16 and threatened Armiger, who along with neighbors had objected in the past to loud and profane riders skating inside the complex, court and police accounts show.
On the day of his arrest, Armiger used pepper-spray on one teen who swore at and threatened him before bringing out a shotgun to fire two warning shots, testimony showed. Martin said because Armiger was threatened he was not prosecuted for the use of the pepper spray.
At the time of his arrest, detectives’ accounts said that the remaining teens fled as neighbors chased the skateboarders from the site and one of them was hit by a shot.
A deputy who responded to the sound of gunfire was approached by Armiger who was holding a shotgun, the sheriffs office said.
Armiger was sentenced in Calvert County Circuit Court.