Man charged in alleged shotgun incident

Posted: December 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A city man was charged with two misdemeanor gun crimes over the weekend.

Ian Christopher Harms, 24, was arrested Saturday and released on his own recognizance, according to online Frederick County General District Court records.

He was charged with reckless handling of a firearm and brandishing of a firearm, both class 1 misdemeanors.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in General District Court, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an altercation involving Harms on Dec. 20. The affidavit does not state where the incident took place.

“...Harms was alleged by witnesses to have brandished and discharged a shotgun recklessly,” it states.

The warrant says the shotgun was fired into the ground or the air.

Deputies found a spent shell at the scene, according to the affidavit. It says a long gun case could be seen in his car, a Subaru Outback.

The search warrant was for the Subaru. In the car, an empty box of Remington 12-gauge shotgun shells and a box of Remington 12-gauge shotgun shells with four shells were found, according to the warrant.

Harms is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 6, according to court records.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com