- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A St. Mary’s man has been ordered to report to the county jail this week to serve 30 days in custody after he acknowledged Friday in court that prosecutors have evidence that he obstructed and hindered police at the scene of a shooting last July in Lexington Park.
David Michael Faxon, 24, of Lexington Park was arrested early on the morning of July 29 after law officers responded to a melee outside The Lexington restaurant, heard gunshots across the street in the parking lot of a small shopping center and shielded a wounded man as the row continued.
St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Caspar said during Friday’s hearing that police initially went to the area on a report that people outside the restaurant were waiting for other people to come out, so they could start a fight. Deputy Shawn Cathcart heard three sets of gunshots in the shopping center parking lot, the prosecutor said, and Cathcart found and tried to protect Gregory Troy Taylor as a crowd gathered around them, including Faxon.
Faxon repeatedly advanced on Taylor, Cathcart and another officer and made threatening statements, the prosecutor said, even after Cathcart tried to stun Faxon with a blow to the head, until Faxon eventually was subdued with pepper spray and taken into custody with the help of a police dog.
“They ended up pointing a weapon at him because they felt so threatened,” Caspar said.
Faxon said that Taylor is a friend, and that his response to his friend’s injury was somewhat misinterpreted.
“I could have acted different in that situation,” Faxon said.
St. Mary’s Circuit Judge David W. Densford sentenced Faxon to one year in jail, suspended to the 30-day term and two years of supervised probation.
“You were of no value to Mr. Taylor [or] the police,” the judge said. “They don’t need that kind of grief in a shooting situation.”
The prosecutor said after the hearing that no one has been charged with the assault on Taylor, a 26-year-old Lexington Park resident who was flown to a hospital for treatment of a wound to his upper back shoulder area.
Prosecutors earlier dismissed a charge against Barry D. Hillian, 25, of Callaway of disorderly conduct, as well as charges against Bryan A. Carter, 35 of St. Inigoes of failing to obey police and the possession of marijuana, that were filed after the incident.