PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (June 14, 2016)—In a scenario suitable for a television detective show, a scene unfolded late yesterday afternoon in Calvert County which involved 4 black males; one was the drug dealer and the other 3 were purported customers intent on robbing the man. After one of the teens shot Donavon Stephen Harrod, the alleged dealer, 21, of Prince Frederick, in the neck with a pellet gun, police say Harrod retrieved a .45 caliber gun from the trunk of his car and shot one of the juveniles twice. The juvenile underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition.
The second juvenile, a 15-year-old, was transported to the Calvert Memorial Hospital for medical evaluation as police believed he was suffering from some sort of drug-related overdose.
The third would-be robber, Corionte Eric Claggett, 18, is in custody and has been charged.
Police believe Claggett is the one who shot Harrod in the neck with a pellet
gun, thus triggering the events leading to the shooting of the juvenile by
Harrod turned himself into the state police barrack, after ditching the
weapon, and has subsequently been charged with 1st degree assault, among others.
Police have since retrieved the gun.
The Calvert County Sheriff's Office provided the following detailed narrative of the case.
“At approximately 5:02 p.m. the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call from the area of Sheridan Point Road and Chinquapin Ridge Court in the Prince Frederick area of Calvert County, Maryland. The caller reported there had been some type of altercation which resulted in one person being shot. Calvert County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Sgt. Rick McCourt arrived on scene at approximately 5:10 p.m. to find a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Sgt. McCourt rendered aid to the gunshot victim and directed responding personnel to secure the scene and identify witnesses upon their arrival. The victim received immediate medical attention and was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma via helicopter.
“CCSO Detectives and crime scene personnel responded to the area and assumed the investigation.
“Investigation revealed the individual shot was a 16 year-old black male from Prince Frederick, Maryland. The subject was hit twice during the shooting incident. One shot struck the subject in the head and another in the torso. The juvenile underwent surgery at University of Maryland Baltimore Shock Trauma and is listed in critical condition at this time.
“The alleged shooter in this case has been identified as Donavon Stephen Harrod, a 21 year-old black male of Sixes Road, Prince Frederick, Maryland. Investigation revealed Harrod was contacted by a female earlier in the day and was informed that the juvenile, who was shot, wanted to purchase marijuana. Harrod left his place of employment and was to meet the juvenile on Sheridan Point Road. Harrod was familiar with the juvenile and knew he would possibly smoke and/or sell some marijuana. Upon arriving at Sheridan Point Road, Harrod was contacted by another juvenile who entered his vehicle and directed Harrod to turn down a gravel road. Harrod stopped the vehicle at the entranced to a farm which was secured by a cattle gate. Harrod was subsequently approached by two other males who were later identified as the juvenile victim who was shot and a third subject, Corionte Eric Claggett an 18 year-old black male.
“It is believed that Claggett placed a gun to Harrod's neck and squeezed the trigger. This weapon was later determined to be a pellet gun. All 3 subjects began to flee after taking property from Harrod. Harrod retrieved his .45 caliber gun from the trunk of his vehicle and shot at the fleeing subjects, striking one of the juveniles. Harrod then fled the scene and later turned himself in at the Maryland State Police Barracks.
“Harrod was transported to the Sheriff's Office where he was interviewed and admitted his involvement in the shooting to Det. Wells. Harrod admitted dropping the gun used in the offense at a residence on Sixes Road in Prince Frederick. The gun was subsequently recovered from that residence.
“The second juvenile involved, a 15 year-old black male, was transported to CMH by Det. Fridman to be evaluated. It appeared that he was suffering from some type of overdose with regards to the CDS he had used earlier. This juvenile's statements solidified the above case facts. Claggett was also interviewed and his statements also corroborated the story that everyone else involved had conveyed.
“CIB Detectives charged Harrod with 1st Degree Assault, and other related charges. Claggett and the juvenile were charged with robbery and attempted robbery as well as armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.”
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Wells or Detective Lord at 410-535-2800 X2595 for Det. Wells and X2765 for Det. Lord.