Shots fired early Sunday morning, police have suspect in custody


It was reported earlier that Officer Wharton shot the alleged suspect in the foot. No shots were fired by an officer. The suspect was not injured by gunfire. The story has since been corrected.

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Police made an arrest involving shots fired on the unit block of East Church Street early Sunday morning.

Police received two calls mentioning gunshots fired in downtown Frederick, Md. around 3:15 a.m. Officer Wharton arrived at the scene and saw a male in the area, who was later identified as 22-year-old Jonathan Drew Bartgis. Wharton attempted to speak to Bartgis when he suddenly took off on foot.

According to officials, Bartgis was in possesion of a loaded handgun at the time that he was taken into custody. Officials say witnesses on the scene described an altercation between Bartgis and people in a dark-colored SUV. Although police have no other description of the other persons or vehicle involved during the fight.

Bartgis was charged with having a loaded handgun, handgun possession, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and shooting off a firearm within city limits.

Anyone with additional details or may have cameras in the area of the unit block of East Church Street is asked to contact the Frederick Police Department tip lines. Residents can report anonymously by voice using the phone number 301-600-TIPS (8447) or by texting a message to 240-674-TIPS (8447).

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