WHITE HALL, Md. (WJZ)— An armed Harford County man who was shot by a trooper earlier this week has been formally charged by Maryland State Police.

John E. Murphy, 52, of White Hall, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and the of use of a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure. This comes after police say he pointed a shotgun at a trooper Monday afternoon.

Murphy was served an arrest warrant Wednesday at his bedside at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder and arm.

Police say it all started Monday afternoon when Murphy’s girlfriend, Gail Isennock, called 911 shortly after 1:30 p.m., reporting that Murphy was in her home with a firearm saying he wanted to be killed by police.

Troopers arrived and contacted Isennock outside the residence.  Meanwhile, police say Murphy left out of the back of the home, and then pointed a shotgun at one of the responding troopers, Quinn Dobbins.

Dobbins fired his shotgun, striking Murphy in the shoulder and arm.

Dobbins is on routine administrative leave, which is procedure in police-involved shootings.

Murphy is being held on a $250,000 bond.  Personnel from Central Booking will be guarding Murphy at the hospital.


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