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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Frederick Police Arrest Man in Attempted Homicide

THE CITY OF FREDERICK (7)

The Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division has arrested a man who planned for and attempted to kill another person. 

On the morning of Nov. 18, 2021, officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to the 400 block of East Patrick Street, in Frederick City, for a reported robbery.

During the investigation, detectives learned the adult victim was at their vehicle in the above area when the suspect approached the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the victim. The victim and witnesses in the area described the suspect as manipulating the slide of the gun before pulling the trigger as the gun was pointed at the victim. The gun malfunctioned and did not discharge, and the suspect fled the area on foot and discarded the gun nearby. Officers quickly obtained a description of the suspect and the direction of travel, and the suspect was apprehended nearby and the gun was recovered. 

The suspect was identified as, David Clayton Hanson.  Hanson was later transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center (FCADC) where he was held without bond. 

The weapon used during this crime was located near the incident.  Through additional evidence and information obtained, it was determined the assault on the known victim was premeditated.

Charged:

  • David Clayton Hanson
  • DOB: 09-11-1990
  • 100 Block Old Mill Court
  • Amherst, VA

Charges:

  • (1)   Count of ATTEMPTED MURDER FIRST DEGREE
  • (2)  Count of ASSAULT FIRST DEGREE
  • (1)  Count of LOADED HANDGUN ON PERSON  
  • (1)  Count of HANDGUN ON PERSON 
  • (1)  Count of ILLEGAL POSSESSION AMMUNITION
  • (1)  Count of Regulated Firearm- Illegal Possession

The Frederick Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Matthew Irons at 240-674-8942 or MIrons@FrederickMDPolice.org.  Callers may also remain anonymous and contact the Frederick Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS (8477).

Case#: 2021-085430

Incident Type: Attempted Homicide

Location: 400 Block East Patrick Street

Author of release: PIO Allen Etzler - aetzler@cityoffrederickmd.gov

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