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Harford County Man Charged by State Police After Firing Shots on I-95

Maryland State Police Press Release
01/18/2012 21:53

HARFORD CO. MAN CHARGED AFTER SHOTS FIRED ON I-95

(JOPPA, MD) – A Harford County man was arrested this afternoon after he allegedly fired shots at another motorist on I-95 during an apparent altercation.

The suspect is identified as Nicholas Heider, 34, of the 1600-block of Dugan Drive, Joppa, Md. He is being charged tonight with first degree assault and reckless endangerment. Troopers will be consulting with the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office and additional charges are possible. Heider will be taken to the Harford County Detention Center for an initial appearance before a court commissioner later tonight.

Just before 4:00 p.m. today, Maryland State Police received a 911 call from a motorist on I-95 who reported another driver had fired possibly three shots in the direction of his vehicle in the area of northbound I-95, as they were approaching the exit for Rt. 152. The victim driver said this resulted from a dispute over right of way between the drivers that had started near Exit 67 and the two had begun gesturing at each other and cutting each other off.

The victim driver, a male, provided troopers with the tag number of the suspect’s vehicle, as troopers from the JFK Highway and Bel Air barracks, as well as Harford County deputies converged on the area. Police went to the suspect’s address and found his GMC sport utility vehicle in the driveway. After a phone call to the suspect from the duty officer at the Bel Air Barrack, the suspect came out of his home and surrendered to troopers and deputies on the scene without incident at about 4:30 p.m. today.

No one was injured in the incident. Troopers found no indication the victim’s vehicle had been struck by the gunfire.

State Police investigators obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. During the search, a semi-automatic handgun was recovered. The investigation is continuing.

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