A man who Frederick police believe was involved in a weekend shooting was denied bail in a court appearance Tuesday.

Police said Bryant Helon McMillan Jr., who turns 35 on Wednesday, is connected to the shooting, even though he has yet to face any charges directly related to the violence that left two women and two men injured.

As of Tuesday, McMillan, of the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, was facing six charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of resisting or interfering with his arrest, according to court records.

“There’s some more work to do to figure out if we’re going to charge him with assault because, at the time of his arrest, I’m not quite sure how to put it, he was not in a position to talk,” said Lt. Kirk Henneberry, commander of the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, when reached for comment Tuesday. “So we decided to charge him with the handgun offenses and follow up later to see if we could learn anything more.”

McMillan was largely silent in his appearance Tuesday afternoon before District Judge Dino E. Flores Jr., allowing his private defense attorney, Jason Shoemaker, to represent him. Shoemaker contested his client’s no-bail status, arguing that, citing the lack of any direct connection to Saturday’s shooting, McMillan should either be released without bail or given low bail.

“The charges are not of an extraordinarily serious nature,” Shoemaker said.

Flores disagreed, siding immediately with the prosecution and citing both the proximity of the shooting and McMillan’s confirmed status as a convicted felon prohibited from possessing guns.

“The court feels these charges are incredibly serious,” Flores said, announcing his decision to hold McMillan without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

McMillan was taken into custody about an hour and 45 minutes after police responded to a shooting at 1:35 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of North Market Street.

McMillan appeared to be asleep in the front driver’s seat of a blue Honda van that officers found and approached at about 2:35 a.m. Police saw the vehicle sitting with its lights on in the back parking lot of Whitesell Pharmacy, about three blocks south of where the shooting occurred, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.

McMillan appeared intoxicated when police confronted him, and officers quickly secured the right to search the vehicle after one of the officers said they saw “a small plastic bag located on the center console containing raw marijuana,” according to the documents.

When officers got him to step out of the van, McMillan appeared to have specks of dried blood on his shirt and smelled like PCP, a psychedelic and hallucinogenic illegal drug, according to the documents.

A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded 9 mm handgun in a black fanny pack found on the floor between the front right and rear right passenger’s seats, the documents state.

While McMillan remained the only person in custody in connection with the shooting as of Tuesday, detectives do not believe he was the only person involved. Witness accounts indicate there were at least two parties and likely “multiple individuals” who exchanged gunfire, Henneberry said.

In addition to interviewing witnesses, police identified several surveillance cameras in the immediate area that will be examined to determine if they caught any part of the exchange, Henneberry said.

Anyone with information relevant to the shooting is asked to contact Detective Matt Irons at 240-674-8942. Those who wish to remain anonymous are urged to call the department’s tip line at 301-600-8477 (TIPS), send a text to 240-674-8477 (TIPS) or an email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org.

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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did the police break his jaw, why was he unable to speak?

Treva B

Because he was asleep and so high they could barely get him out of the car. But, somehow he was in a position to shoot people, drive three blocks away to sit in a parking lot and sleep it all off. This is the dumbest case I've seen ever. How anyone can believe this premise of this case is beyond me.


"McMillan was taken into custody about an hour and 45 minutes after police responded to a shooting at 1:35 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of North Market Street."

Well, how intoxicated was he before the shooting? Could he have gotten more intoxicated, to the point of passing out AFTER he arrived back at his vehicle? I checked his record in Maryland case search, and this "gentleman" is no angel. Possessing a loaded handgun by a felon is felony Federal crime under 18 USC 922, and punishable by 10 years for the possession charge alone under 18 USC 924. If he was, in fact, the person that fired the weapon, that adds another 10 years under the same statute.


He was parked across the street form 611, not 3 blocks away.


Simply reading this article leaves me with the impression that FNP has published disparaging information about this individual without him being charged. Officers comments about him being unable to speak are also bothersome. My comments are strictly an opinion on choice to publish and do not reflect in anyway this individual case.


"As of Tuesday, McMillan, of the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, was facing six charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of resisting or interfering with his arrest, according to court records." Read this paragraph again.

Treva B

Read the headline though. Those charges have nothing to do with the headline.



Treva B

I agree completely. They've published his picture without any evidence against him. If he's innocent, which, given the information in the article, I believe he is, he should sue.


Innocent? He has 7 charges currently pending for this. He has a court date coming up for a DUI. Just look at his track record. In just the last few years we have Drugs, Assault (1st and 2nd degree), Reckless endangerment, Theft, Burglary, and too many traffic violations to count. Now he has graduated to carrying an illegal loaded handgun. Even if he wasn't the shooter in this case, he is not innocent and I'm glad he is off the street.


This press release came out 5 days ago. Thanks FNP for getting around to it?


Ugh stay in Silver Spring


This is not Mr. McMillan's first rodeo with the Maryland justice system. The firearms posession charges, if they stick, should put him away for 20 years. The attempted murder and drug possession charges should double that. Come on Charlie Smith, prosecute this to the fullest extent of the law, or pass it to the Feds.


Frederick county has become the place to come bang bang people.

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