- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 6, 2002

FBI officials plan an afternoon news conference to update the public on their investigation into the shooting of an unarmed man mistaken for a robbery suspect in Anne Arundel County, an agency spokesman said yesterday.
Special Agent Barry Maddox of the FBI's Baltimore field office yesterday said that he could not comment on the details of the investigation, but that Lynne Hunt, special agent in charge of the Baltimore field office, would hold a briefing at 3 p.m.
FBI officials did confirm that the agent who shot Mr. Schultz had been temporarily reassigned while the investigation continues.
Mr. Schultz, 20, was a passenger in a red Pontiac Grand Am driven by his girlfriend Krissy Harkum, 16, at the time of the shooting. The two were on their way home from a shopping mall at about 6 p.m. Friday in Pasadena, Md.
According to Mr. Schultz's lawyer, Joseph Asensio, two agents in an unmarked car showed their weapons and forced the car carrying Mr. Schultz and Miss Harkum to pull to the side of the road.
Mr. Asensio said Mr. Schultz may have been reaching for his seat belt when one of the agents, who has not been identified, fired a shot from an M-4 assault rifle and hit him in the face.
He said the two were pulled from the car, forced to the ground and handcuffed before agents called a helicopter to transport Mr. Schultz to the trauma center.
The right side of Mr. Schultz's jaw bone was shattered, and a bullet remains lodged in the side of his jaw. His nasal passages are also damaged, and he is breathing with the help of a ventilator.
The condition of Mr. Schultz, who remains at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, was downgraded to critical but stable yesterday.
Separate investigations into the incident are being conducted by Anne Arundel County police detectives and FBI agents from the bureau's Washington headquarters.
Either investigation could lead to a formal criminal referral to the U.S. Justice Department to bring charges in the case.
Mr. Maddox expressed regret Monday over the incident and said the findings of the FBI investigation would be handed over to the Justice Department.
The robbery suspect the agents were looking for, Michael Blottenberger, was picked up in Anne Arundel County Sunday night and was in federal custody. He was charged with robbing an Allfirst bank branch Feb. 20.
This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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