“A Chestertown man was charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting early January 25 in which Marcellus Black, 23, of Chestertown suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen and his side. The Kent Bureau of Investigation said Black was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Police said James Berry, 39, of Chestertown was grazed by a bullet, but declined medical treatment. Investigators said a bullet also hit a vehicle, missing state police Trooper 1st Class John Hickey by only a few feet.
Police allege Lamar Devon “”Skootie”” Sampson, 24, of Chestertown was intentionally shooting at Black and Hickey. Police obtained a district court arrest warrant for Sampson, who was arrested without incident in the Baltimore area on January 27 by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team. Sampson was taken to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder; one count of attempted second-degree murder; and three counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a handgun to commit a violent crime, use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and reckless endangerment. He was held without bond in the Kent County Detention Center. Police said Sampson also was served with two arrest warrants on January 27 issued from Talbot County for failure to appear in court.