Christmas Eve Shooting Suspect Arrested

(Harford County, MD – December 27, 2008) – Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Benjamin Melvin Freeman, 23, of the 3000 block of Sounding Drive, Edgewood, MD in connection with the shooting of Richard Donald Wagner, 33, in the area of Flying Point Road and Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD.

With information obtained from the victim, detectives identified one of the suspects as “Dutch” who is also known as Benjamin Melvin Freeman. Deputies determined that Wagner had contacted Freeman on December 24 to purchase $50 worth of heroin. They both met, along with a third person, later that day in the area of West Spring Meadow Court with Wagner driving his black Chevy Cavalier. They then drove to the area of Flying Point Road and Willoughby Beach Road where they stopped to relieve themselves in the woods. As they were walking back to the vehicle Freeman displayed a black handgun revolver and robbed Wagner of the cash he was carrying to purchase the drugs. Freeman than shot Wagner as Wagner was attempting to run away. Wagner collapsed along side of the road and saw his vehicle being driven away by Freeman.

Detectives were able to corroborate Wagner’s statement with the third person and eventually located Freeman late in the evening of December 26, 2008. Freeman confessed to robbing and shooting Wagner and was subsequently arrested by detectives.

Benjamin Melvin Freeman has been charged with attempted 1st degree murder, attempted 2nd degree murder, assault-1st degree, armed robbery, carjacking, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, 2nd degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft less than $500.00, and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Freeman is being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bond. A bond review is scheduled for Monday, December 29, 2008.

News Release

December 27, 2008


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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