A Frederick man shot his landlord in the face, robbed him of more than $500 and attempted to take a police officer’s firearm during his arrest Tuesday afternoon, according to city police reports.
Elvin Maxwell Addison Jr., 40, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, attempting to disarm a police officer, theft of more than $100, reckless endangerment, the illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the use of a firearm in a felony crime of violence, possession of a firearm with a prior felony drug conviction and two counts of second-degree assault.
Addison was denied bail in a hearing held before Frederick County District Court Judge Dino E. Flores Jr. late Wednesday morning and remained at the county adult detention center.
The shooting occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. in the first block of Winchester Street where Addison had agreed to meet with his landlord to pay the rent Addison owed, according to charging documents filed in District Court. As the landlord stood near the tail of his truck waiting for Addison to arrive, Addison walked up and immediately pulled what the landlord later described as a small caliber silver handgun, shooting the landlord once in the head, the documents said.
Police believe the shot glanced the landlord’s head, causing a laceration above his eye, according to the documents. Addison then immediately began striking the landlord in the head and face with his fists and the handgun, eventually knocking him to the ground where he rolled the landlord over and stole his wallet and $550 in cash from his pants pocket, according to police accounts based on the landlord’s and other witnesses’ testimony.
Addison was gone when the first officers arrived to find the landlord’s wife trying to control her husband’s bleeding in the parking lot area where the assault and robbery took place, the charging documents state. Additional witnesses later told police they saw Addison walking in the area with a gun in his hand immediately prior to the shooting and a lookout for Addison was broadcast to city police and other law enforcement agencies.
A green Ford SUV that Addison was known to drive was involved in a hit-and-run crash on southbound U.S. 15 near the West Patrick Street exit. Shortly after the crash, police caught up with Addison, pulling him over near the intersection of West South and West Patrick streets, the documents state.
While Addison initially cooperated with police, he suddenly grabbed an officer’s arm and began to resist as he was being taken into custody, assaulting a total of seven city police officers during the struggle that ensued. At one point in the fray, Addison tried unsuccessfully to remove an officer’s firearm from its holster before he was finally subdued, according to the documents.
A total of $501 in cash was found in a search of Addison after his arrest and a spent bullet casing, believed to have been from the shot Addison fired at the landlord, was located on the ground where Addison fought with police, leading officers to believe the casing had gotten caught in Addison’s clothing after the shooting, according to the documents.
Mary Riley, the district public defender for Frederick County, cast doubt on the police’s accounts of the crime during Addison’s bail review hearing Wednesday, arguing that no gun has been recovered and pointing to the landlord’s injuries as being inconsistent with a gunshot wound.
“I don’t know how you get shot in the face and end up with the type of injury alleged,” Riley told Judge Flores on Addison’s behalf.
Riley also pointed out the lack of named witnesses in the charging documents, suggesting the police may have not documented their investigation properly.
“It sounds like this was an overcharged case,” Riley concluded, arguing that Addison should be granted release with the condition that he post $50,000 bail. “... I understand it’s perhaps not typical, but I am asking your honor to consider setting a bond in this case.”
Lt. Kirk Henneberry, who commands the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, disputed Riley’s arguments when reached for comment after Addison’s bail review hearing. While it was true that detectives had yet to recover a firearm as of Wednesday, the recovery of the shell casing and the accounts of the landlord and multiple other witnesses — all of whom were identified and properly documented by officers — back up the allegation that Addison fired on the other man with the intent of shooting him.
“We have a reporting system where our officers actually enter in their interview reports,” Henneberry said. “So where you won’t have everyone named in the charging documents, we do have that information and all of that is available to Det. [Matthew] Irons.”
As for whether or not the landlord was actually struck by the gunshot, detectives were still investigating a number of different possibilities, Henneberry said.
“He did receive treatment by EMS at the scene, they gave him first aid that they were able to render there and then he was transported to an area trauma center for further treatment,” Henneberry said of the landlord’s injuries. “We know that a bullet did not lodge in his head, so we’re operating under a number of different possibilities, whether he was grazed by a bullet or whether or not his injuries were caused by him being struck repeatedly with fists and the gun.”
Regardless, Flores was unconvinced that Riley’s proposal of setting a cash bail and other conditions were enough to ensure public safety and Addison’s return for future court hearings, saying the crime alleged was simply too serious to warrant Addison’s release.
“The allegations are that he walked up to his landlord and shot him in the face in broad daylight,” Flores said in announcing his decision to order Addison continue to be held without bail.
Addison, who lives in an apartment in the first block of Winchester Street near where the shooting happened, is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing June 16, according to an online search of court records Wednesday.