Police Charge White Hall Man Shot By Trooper

John E. Murphy, currently hospitalized, is facing assault and other charges in the wake of Monday's incident.

A White Hall man is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a Maryland State Police trooper Monday.

John E. Murphy, 52, of the 4100 block of Norrisville Road in White Hall, has been charged with two counts each of of first- and second-degree assault and single counts of reckless endangerment and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

In response to Murphy pointing a gun at him, the trooper shot Murphy in the arm and shoulder, according to a release from Maryland State Police.

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Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday, Murphy's girlfriend called 911 and said he was armed and announcing he wanted to be killed by police, according to a release from state police.

When police arrived, Murphy came out of the house and allegedly pointed a shotgun at one of the troopers, according to state police.

Trooper First Class Quinn Dobbins fired one shot from his departmental 12 gauge shotgun, hitting Murphy in the left arm and shoulder.

Murphy was transported by the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of his injuries, which police and fire officials say are not life-threatening.

On Wednesday, a court commissioner held an initial appearance at Murphy’s bedside at shock trauma.

As of Thursday night, Murphy was being held on $250,000 bond, and Baltimore City Central Booking personnel were guarding him at the hospital.

Dobbins is an eight-year Maryland State Police veteran. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine for all police-involved shootings, according to Maryland State Police. Police also anticipate conducting an internal investigation.


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