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Solomons man shoots skateboarder, sheriffs charge

A Calvert County man fed up with skateboarders in his condominium complex allegedly used pepper spray and a shotgun to chase them off Monday, hitting one in the kneecap, the county Sheriff’s department said.

Charles Joseph Armiger, 66, of Solomons, was charged with first- and second-degree assault in the shooting in which a 15-year-old from Lusby was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries, sheriffs said.

Armiger. (CCSO)

According to the detectives, Armiger told them that skateboarders had been a problem at the complex and on Monday were in a group of seven or eight who were swearing and “banging” on the doors of residents.

Armiger told sheriffs that he used pepper spray on one youth after the skater swore at Armiger and that the others then fled toward Maryland Route 765, detectives said. As a neighbor chased the skateboarders, Armiger went inside his house and brought out his shotgun, according to authorities.

Armiger said he fired what he intended as a warning shot to scare the skateboarders but the shot hit the right knee of the victim who was fleeing on Route 765, detectives said.

As of mid-day Tuesday, Armiger was being held on $50,000 bond in the Calvert County Detention Center, jail records showed.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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