Former City Police Officer Facing 35 Years For Shooting Incident

Richard Heymann allegedly shot a man Monday in Parkton for reportedly hunting illegally and trespassing.

A former Baltimore City police officer is facing up to 35 years in prison if he is convicted of shooting a man who was allegedly trespassing, court records show.

Richard Michael Heymann, 42, was officially charged Wednesday with first- and second-degree assault. He has since been released on $75,000 bond.

Heymann, of the 3000 block of Hillsdale Court in Abingdon, MD, was found by police Tuesday morning tending to a man’s gunshot wounds in the 300 block of West Stablers Church Road in Parkton, MD, in northern Baltimore County.

A woman who owned the property called police after hearing a gun shot fired in the wooded area near her home. When police arrived shortly after 9 a.m., they found Pennsylvania man Christopher Kinne on the ground with an apparent bullet wound to his right thigh.

Kinne was rushed by ground to York (PA) Hospital Shock Trauma with serious injuries. Plans to fly Kinne to the hospital were cancelled due to weather, according to Baltimore County police.

Heymann, who worked as a Baltimore City police officer in the 1990s, told the responding officers that he and a friend were hunting in the woods when they came across Kinne, dressed in camouflage and armed with a shotgun, according to court documents. Heymann advised police that he believed Kinne was illegally hunting on his friend’s property.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Tuesday that Kinne was carrying a shotgun, although it was unloaded at the time.

The friend who was hunting alongside Heymann called the Department of Natural Resources police and Baltimore County police to notify them of the alleged illegal hunting and trespassing. Heymann told Kinne that police were on their way. Kinne then reportedly attempted to leave prior to officers arriving.

"Upon Richard Heymann stating repeatedly to stay at the location to await police arrival, Christopher Kinne continuted to state that he was not staying and attempted to walk toward Richard Heymann," according to the incident report.

Heymann told Kinne that he was going to fire a warning shot at the ground near Kinne’s feet. Kinne continued to walk toward Heymann, who fired a single shot striking Kinne in the leg. Heymann told police that as soon as he realized Kinne was injured he immediately began performing first aid, according to court records.

Heymann was charged with first and second degree assault, which carry 25- and 10-year maximum prison sentences, respectively. Heymann worked for the Baltimore (City) Police Department and he "separated from the agency," in 1998 under unknown circumstances, according to a city police spokesman.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Heymann in Baltimore County District Court at 8:30 a.m on Dec. 21.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the shooting occurred on Monday when in fact it happened Tuesday. Patch regrets the error.

Harfordlifetimer November 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The guys lucky he didn't shoot him quicker. How did he no the gun wasn't loaded when the man was walking towards him.
patcho redcoat November 29, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Pretty crazy to shoot a guy who you think maybe treaspassing on your friends property.Lucky he didnt get shot in return.
patcho redcoat November 29, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Pretty crazy to shoot a guy who you think maybe treaspassing on your friends property.Lucky he didnt get shot in return.
Ashley November 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I disagree. The guy was trespassing, had a gun, and was advancing on him. Instinctively you're going to want to protect yourself. I would have done the same thing in that situation, except my shot wouldn't have been to the leg.
Karl Schuub November 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Certainly it's been confirmed that the trespasser was carrying a weapon and was trespassing on private property - I'd have to assume it was marked for "no hunting/trespassing" so if the trespasser really did continue to advance whether the gun was loaded or not is irrelevant - it would have been within rights to shoot to stop as you have to assume any gun is loaded. This cop could have killed this guy but didn't so it sort of suggests a level of self-control based upon situational awareness.
franking November 29, 2012 at 08:34 PM
That sounds like a lot of time for an incident that had no criminal intent. Sounds like the intent was protection of self and female property owner.
Really? November 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM
There was absolutely NO tesspassing signs and the victim had a empty gun, which heymann saw him un load. Kinne was on state land when he got called over to the private property by Heymann .This is where he shot him. The shooter had NO right to shoot him, it wasn't even his property, it was the other guys. Plus, kinne wasnt even tresspassing, he was in state land, just trying to track a deer he shot eairler. Get your facts straight before you start saying things like " I would do the exact same thing " this guy is sick and deserves to be in jail.
Matt Tang November 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Pretty crazy the fun the guy had was unloaded.......
Needaname November 30, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Why did Kinne try to leave when a call was placed to the Department of Natural Resources and the Baltimore County police ? ... he should have co-operated and let the police decide.
Pstroms November 30, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The guy in the picture looks like Mickey Cuchiella.
Needaname December 01, 2012 at 11:58 AM
He does resemble Mickey, except I do not think I have ever seen Mickey with a serious face.
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Kelly December 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The police report doesn't give the other side of the story. The man did NOT give immediate first aide. He ran away and came back ten minutes later. And who WOULDN"T leave when told the police was called. If he was in the wrong, he didn't want to be charged for anything. When it says he walked towards the man, that is misleading. He did not do anything threatening. He was trying to get to his vehicle to leave. I know the family. Trust me, what is being reported is not entirely accurate. And who fires a warning shot to get someone to stick around for a trespassing issue??? That is the dumbest thing I ever heard. He wanted Kinne off the land and Kinne was leaving. Accidental or not, it wasn't necessary. Kinne will be lucky if he's able to keep his leg. For real. Last I heard, it's up in the air.
E December 23, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Where was his Maryland license and was he wearing the blaze orange required by our state law? The owner of the farm reported shots fired to Heymann and he investigated. The only problem here 35 years for protecting a neighbor's property. Is Kinne being prosecuted for trespassing, hunting without proper permits and / or permission of the landowner?
brjo January 07, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Don't judge til we have facts. When did this country deny due process to first responders & public servants. Noone goes from Baltimore city police officer 2 nurse w/o public good in mind. If ur loved one needs a cop or nurse u should thank them.. they r dangerous & thankless jobs. U should try it.
G January 07, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Heymann is a skilled marksman, former officer and registered nurse. One never knows what is going to come out of a barrell of a gun other than a bullet. Heymann reacted correctly in defending himself when Kinne refused to stay put, and furthermore advanced toward Heymann. He was fortunate that Heymann did not deliver a mortifying shot, which he could have done, and would have had more right to do so when someone approaches with a gun loaded or unloaded, while uncooperative as Kinne appeared to be. Approach me with a gun, loaded or unloaded and hopefully you will kill me, because if you don't I will surely kill you. Heymann is a family man, dedicated husband, father, and friend. He made the life choice of protecting himself and others. Kinne should be thankful that he didn't end up pushing daisies instead of a walker.
State Your Name February 21, 2013 at 07:01 PM
"Heymann is a family man, dedicated husband, father, and friend".....you should check again. He protected someone else's property, for what reason?????????????? He put the future of his family, wife and children in jeopardy to be the big guy and not take "no" from someone? Sounds kinda like a little kid on a playground to me. Oh and why did Kinne need to stay put? Was it Heymann's land? Who is he to tell someone what to do? I hope that Kinne heals fully and doesn't have to live a life using a walker or worse. Heymann had no right.
keaj1013 June 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM
I live next to this idiot. Trust me, he deserves everything he has coming to him. Karma is a biotch.
Hmmm June 26, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Karma, are you there today? Let justice be served 10 folds. I live next to this idiot to!


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