UPDATE: Harford County Man Charged With Assault After Shooting

A Pennsylvania man was reportedly trespassing in northern Baltimore County before he was shot in the leg.

UPDATE (2)—Read the follow-up story here.

UPDATE—Police have charged Harford County resident Richard Heymann, 42, with first and second degree assault, after shooting a man who was allegedly trespassing on his friend's property.

Heymann, of the 3000 block of Hillsdale Court in Abingdon, posted $75,000 bond and was released, according to police. 

ORIGINAL—Police say charges are pending against a Harford County man accused of shooting a Pennsylvania resident in the leg in Parkton Tuesday morning.

Police have identified the shooter as 42-year-old Richard Heymann of Abingdon, MD. (See above)

After an argument with the alleged shooter and a local property owner, Christopher E. Kinne, 43, of Lancaster, PA, was shot Tuesday morning in a wooded area in the 300 block of Stablers Church Road in northern Baltimore County.

"Kinne was trespassing on the property, owned by an acquaintance of the shooter," according to a release. "The shooter and the property owner confronted Kinne about whether Kinne had the right to be on the property."

Kinne was shot at some point during the argument, the release stated.

All three men were hunting in the wooded area near Stablers Church Road. Kinne was armed with a shotgun, although it was not loaded at the time that he was shot, according to Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Police have not yet identified the alleged shooter, who is a resident of Harford County. He is expected to be charged with first- and second-degree assault.

Kinne was transported to York (PA) Hospital's Trauma Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  

Michael Gira November 27, 2012 at 10:46 PM
if one hot-tempered gun owner shoots another hot-tempered gun owner in the woods, does anyone care?
Kelleyand Terry Bates November 28, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I hoipe that the shooter took into consideration that he could have taken this mans life. Was it worth that! Did the shooter think about the consequences of his actions before he shot the man? I sincerely doubt it! I surely hope the shooter gets a long prison sentence so that he can think about how serious his actions were. He could have took another mans life for God's sake. How would he have felt then? What about that? THROW THE KEY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tracey November 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Man (with gun) hunting on private property WITHOUT permission is trespassing. Hunting friend (with gun) and landowner have every right to protect their property. My opinion is that great restraint was practiced by only shooting him in the leg.
tracey November 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
As a hunter, I'm sure the guy has very good aim, and CHOSE a non lethal shot...
Steve November 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Dude should know better. He is a cop.
FIFA November 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM
"Police have charged Harford County resident Richard Heymann, 42, with first and second degree assault, after shooting a man who was allegedly trespassing on his friend's property" I guess his rights don't include shooting man in leg, eh?
Needaname November 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Which one is a cop.
funnyguy November 28, 2012 at 07:31 PM
In my opinion there is no such thing as a non-lethal shot. If you discharge a firearm at somebody it is "use of deadly force". The ONLY time you can legally use deadly force if if you fear your life is in immediate danger. If the subject's life was really in danger there would be absolutely no reason to intentionally shoot someone in the leg. You cant go around shooting people in the leg to teach them a lesson, "Yeehaw, that'll learn 'em"
johnnybright November 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Incorrect. Alleged man with gun on Alleged private property. There is a lot of legal issue to be resolved before the Alleged Man With Gun has Trespassed. For instance, were the woods belonging to the Alleged Private Property Owner, clearly marked with No Trespassing signage? In Wisconsin, Ohio and other MidWest States, it is required to post signage every 50' along the perimeter of ones property to establish a No Trespass law violation. Let's say someone accidentally wandered onto the property or had been given false permission by another? There are too many if's involved in Trespassing, and unless it's inside your home, don't even think about shooting another citizen.
johnnybright November 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
There isn't a lot of mileage between Pennsylvania and this incident. It is possible that the man from PA had shot a deer and was tracking it down. This would make sense because his gun was unloaded, which in many cases you know you are tracking your injured animal, which you are legally bound and able to do, and you will be crossing unknown land. It's one thing to be tracking and another to be Hunting and Trespassing. I am waiting to see the outcome.
Harry Callahan November 28, 2012 at 09:58 PM
What a pair of lamebrains! This is an excellent example of why I never did get into hunting. You don't know who or what you might run into and what their intentions are. To the idiot who did the shooting I have but two questions. Why didn't you and your friend simply cll the police and/or DNR and have them do what we pay them to do and arrest the idiot and charge him with trespassing? Why was it so important to stop him from what he was doing that you found it necessary to shoot the guy? You give all gun owners a bad name. I hope that you are convicted in court, that you spend every last dime you ever saved in your life defending yourself, and then spend the rest of your life trying to answer the question "What was I thinking?" To the imbecile who was shot I have two questions. What was SO IMPORTANT about hunting on this piece of land? Were you about to shoot and disable a goose that lays golden eggs and this was your chance to find wealth beyond your wildest dreams? For you I hope that you recover, but that you are in pain for the rest of your life and spend your days asking yourself the same question the other idiot (the one who shot you), "What was I thinking?"
Fed up November 29, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The shooter WAS a cop now a nurse
Penelope Patch November 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
While it might seem that being shot in the leg is a minor thing, the man could have died if the aim was just in the right spot and hit a major artery. I think both were lucky that it didn't end up being more serious than it already is. Such a senseless thing when you really think about it.
Patrick B. November 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Richard Heymann was a Baltimore City Police,fired.
Needaname November 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Kelley and Terry Bates - why didn't the 'victim' just tell them what he was doing on the property ? The victim has a gun (unloaded but how did the other guys know that), he is trespassing on someone else's property (knowingly or unknowingly) and he gets into an argument with two people with guns he does not know. Next time I hope he does his homework before hunting. The shooter has some sketchy history so hopefully this will be a warning/reminders for all hunters out there.
Really? November 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The victim did nothing wrong. He was tracking a deer that he shot te night earlier ( on state grounds). When he gets called over , by Heymann, to the private property. This is where he was shot. He did nothing wrong. And after getting his upper thigh blasted, the two guys let him lay there for a while, bleeding out. This man needs to go to jail.
Ron November 30, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Trespassing or not you don't take the law into your own hands and shoot someone. I'd like to hear the shooting victim's side of the story so far all we have heard is the story of the shooter and his good old boy huntin' buddy. Maybe a journalist will grow a pair and write that story.
Nick DiMarco (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hi Ron, I did write "that story," to a degree. The follow-up was posted a few days ago, which contains official court records that detail incident: http://patch.com/A-zSnR Typically, people who are shot aren't immediately available for comment, because you know, they've been shot. I'm sure I'll be speaking to Mr. Kinne or his legal counsel in the future as this story progresses. Thank you for reading. - ND
Gregwardo November 30, 2012 at 09:54 PM
What is wrong with you people. Please get your facts before you make stupid comments. This Kinne character has a history of tresspassing and poaching. he was tresspassing and doing something illegal. The constitution states we have the right to bear arms and defend ourselves. Mr Heyman did nothing illegal and in this day and time there are to many crazy people walking the streets to trust them. Regardless, when Kinne approached Heyman, he was ignoring instructions while carrying a firearm! Heyman had every right to protect himself, and he didnt even aim for Kinne, he fired a warning shot that only hit Kinne because he walked into it. He even gave Kinne first aid. If you have any common sense its obvious that Heyman is being made out to look like a criminal when he did nothing wrong.
Ron November 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Nick I look forward to your follow up after interviewing Mr Kinney. I'm also impressed that you read these posts and take the time to respond to them.
doubt December 01, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Gregwardo where are you getting your facts from? I've googled the crap out of this story and have found nothing about Kinney. And how are people going to get there fact right if this type of info is not available? People can only form an opinion based on the information that they are given. Please update us on where your facts are coming from.
Marsh Rat December 22, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Really.... Theirs NO STATE GAME LANDS in this area to hunt. The "so called" victim was a poacher and a trespasser and probably the one who instigated this entire incident. I wonder what DNR violations were handed down that morning. I only hope as they were carting his a$$ in the ambo, they also said…here you go buddy. This is how we deal with you poachers in MD. #1. Hunting without permission on private property #2 Probably hunting without safety orange (since he was trespassing) #3. Trespassing #4. Hunting on state property without permission Who is in the wrong here? The guy who had permission or the bonehead who didn’t? I only wish I was a bird with a voice and witnessed this incident. As I stated in another post....where was this clown parked, who provided him the permission to be ON STATE LAND. We here in MD don’t take kindly to other’s trespassing on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Lick your wounds and stay the heck in PA...on your state game land!
Marsh Rat December 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
O.....I also hear he didnt have a MD license!! How funny that is. Why did he shoot the deer the night before? I guess it ran from PA to MD? Please tell me why he was trespassing in MD on PRIVATE property. WHat goes around, comes around!! POACHER!
State your name January 05, 2013 at 01:20 AM
You know what they say, "It all comes out in the wash". I just hope that someone does the laundry soon and the facts come out. I also hope that I never wander onto anyone else's land and they give me a warning shot in the leg. If Kinne was a hemophialiac then he could have bled to death. Did the shooter even consider that? He should be charged with the harshest of punishments and spend some time in the pokey with some of the people he put in there. I wonder how that would go. Has anyone researched if he used his service weapon while on duty while being a cop and was it justified?


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