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Tuesday night’s shooting of a Hagerstown man at a Summer Street residence was over a drug debt or was a robbery during a drug transaction, different witnesses told Hagerstown police.
Shortly before 8 p.m., officers were called to Meritus Medical Center after a man with a gunshot wound on his face was driven there, according to the statement of probable cause.
The man, identified as 20-year-old Kenneth Tyrone Jackson, was later transferred to R Adams Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon, according to the hospital.
Two men were arrested and charged after the incident at 155 Summer St. — Michael Anthony Degarmo, for allegedly shooting Jackson, and Ramon Leon Breland Jr., on accusations that he tried to hold up the people in the house.
Degarmo, 29, of George Street, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun offenses.
Police charged Breland, 21, of Violet Drive, with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
A detective determined Breland drove Jackson to Meritus Medical Center and that Breland and Jason Raeshaud Smith, 21, witnessed the shooting.
Breland told police he, Jackson and Smith went to the Summer Street address at Gateway Crossing to collect money for “two or three ounces of marijuana” sold to someone at the house, the document said. Breland and Jackson were let into the house, but an argument with a man named Will ensued.
The argument turned into a fight between Breland and Will, while Jackson was fighting with another man in the dining room, the document said. Breland told investigators that he heard two gunshots and that he and Jackson ran from the house.
Breland then discovered Jackson was wounded and took him to the hospital, the document said.
When police arrived at the Summer Street address, numerous people trying to flee were stopped and taken to headquarters for questioning, according to the document.
One man, 31-year-old Joshua Neal Arnold, told police Degarmo came to the house to arrange a drug deal, wanting to use the man’s supplier to buy $1,800 of marijuana, the document said. After calls were made, a car with three men inside pulled up outside at about 6:45 p.m. and two of the three got out, Arnold told police.
Arnold told police that one of the two men who entered the house pulled a .22-caliber handgun, pointed it at him and said, “Give me the money,” the document said. The man instead rushed the gunman, whom police believe was Jackson, and heard a gunshot as they fought.
The man told police he saw Degarmo holding a .40-caliber handgun.
Jackson and the second man, whom police believe was Breland, fled the house, Arnold told police. Breland left behind a backpack with a 9-mm handgun inside, the document said.
Degarmo told police a man matching Breland’s description came to the house to “settle up on a drug debt,” the document said. The man left, but returned a short time later with a man matching Jackson’s description.
When Jackson pulled the gun and demanded money, Degarmo grabbed a handgun from a kitchen drawer and fired, according to the account he gave to police.
Degarmo was prohibited from having a firearm due to his criminal record, which included grand larceny convictions in West Virginia and Virginia and theft in Maryland.
Police said in a press release that three handguns were found after they obtained a warrant to search the house. The charging document said there was a blood trail leading from the back door to an alley.
Neither Smith nor Arnold was charged in the incident, according to online court records.