COPS GONE WILD: Shoot ’em and leave ’em PG Officer David Hardester in Chuck County slammer on the wrong side of the bars


WUSA 9 NEWS reports that Hardester was meeting the shooting victim, Kyle Powell, who allegedly was having an affair with his wife to shoot it out…

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that on February 23, 2024, at 1:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of Crain Highway in Newburg for the report of shots fired.
Police say that the caller advised he was following a car in which the driver, who is known to him, shot at him minutes earlier.

Charles County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Officers located the suspect’s vehicle near Budd’s Creek Road.
The driver, David Arthur Hardester, 42 (DOB 12/5/1981), of 39505 Jacobs Lane, Mechanicville, Md, was identified as the person who allegedly fired the shot, was arrested, and a firearm was recovered. David and Ashley Hardester purchased the property in 2016 from Flora Corner LLC and refinanced the home with a Veterans Administration loan in 2021.

A meeting went downhill quickly dum de dum dum…

Sheriff Berry reports that a preliminary investigation showed the victim and suspect arranged to meet at a parking lot near Crain Highway in Newburg.

When they arrived, an argument about an ongoing issue ensued, and Hardester fired a single shot at the victim as he was walking away to get in his car; the victim was not struck by the gunfire. The suspect fled, and the victim followed him, calling 9-1-1 and advising officers as to where the driver was.

Hardester was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and other related charges and is being held at the Charles County Detention Center and waiting to be seen by a district court commissioner. Officer Weinmann is investigating.

A statement of charges sworn by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department Deputy J. Morgan was issued in District Court in St. Mary’s County for assault on February 23, 2024. An appearance is set for April 5, 2024, in St. Mary’s District Court for this charge.

Prince George’s Police Officer Suspended Following Arrest

The PG Police Department issued the following statement:

A Prince George’s County Police officer is suspended without pay following his arrest early this morning. Corporal David Hardester is charged with multiple offenses, including attempted murder in Charles County and second-degree assault in St. Mary’s County.

The preliminary details reveal Hardester discharged his service weapon during an altercation in Charles County shortly after 1:00 am. The man was not injured. Hardester and the victim are known to each other.  Hardester is also charged with second-degree assault in connection with a domestic incident earlier in the evening at his home in St. Mary’s County.

Corporal David Hardester joined the department in 2005. He is currently assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.


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