- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2002

BALTIMORE The FBI expressed regrets yesterday but would not discuss details of last Friday's shooting by an agent of an unarmed man in Anne Arundel County.
"Let me express our sincere sorrow for what has happened," said Lynne A. Hunt, agent in charge of the Baltimore division with jurisdiction over Maryland and Delaware.
Mrs. Hunt said she previously expressed "my concern for the families and their well-being" by telephone to the attorney for Joseph Schultz, 20, who remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the face, and the father of his girlfriend Krissy Harkum, 16.
Miss Harkum was driving a red Pontiac Grand Am with Mr. Schultz as a passenger about 6 p.m. Friday when agents in an unmarked car stopped them on Smallwood Road in Pasadena during a search for a bank robber.
Two agents approached the car carrying M-4 assault rifles. Mr. Schultz's attorney, Joseph C. Asensio, said Tuesday that Mr. Schultz may have been reaching to release his seat belt when the M-4 went off.
The agents "realized fairly quickly" that Miss Harkum and Mr. Schultz were not the robbery suspects, Mrs. Hunt said.
Mrs. Hunt said agents called 911 immediately, and one agent administered first aid. Mr. Schultz was upgraded yesterday to serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he is being treated for a shattered right cheekbone and damage to nasal passages.
The agent who shot Mr. Schultz voluntarily went on paid administrative leave.
The investigation is being conducted by agents from FBI headquarters in Washington. Mrs. Hunt said she could not release the agents' names or discuss details while the investigation is under way.
Two days after Mr. Schultz was shot, the FBI arrested the man suspected of robbing the AllFirst bank on Feb. 20. "We believe there was a female companion," Mrs. Hunt said.
"There were similar characteristics" between the robbery suspects and the car they were driving, although the robbers' vehicle was described as green, Mrs. Hunt said.
"We were on surveillance," she said, and had narrowed the watch for the robbers to the area through which Miss Harkum was driving on the way home from a shopping mall.
"We are not sweeping this under the carpet," Mrs. Hunt said. "This is not something we take lightly. … The last few days have been very troubling for the FBI."
In all of last year, there were only 11 shootings by FBI agents throughout the nation, and three of those were shootings of dogs, she said.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.


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