WESTMINSTSER, Md. (AP) — A Westminster man charged with murdering one man and wounding another in a tavern shooting allegedly told police that someone was picking on him before he opened fire.

The Carroll County Times reported Wednesday on charging documents filed against Jacob Bircher.

He’s charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the July 13 slaying of David Garrett and the wounding of Gary Hale outside the Harvest Inn in Eldersburg.

Police say Bircher, 24, told investigators he had had a few beers after arguing with his girlfriend. He allegedly said he took offense at a comment somebody made.

Police say Bircher fired 13 rounds from a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun he had purchased a few weeks earlier.

Bircher allegedly told investigators he recalled shooting at people but couldn’t remember why.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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