Repeat Offender Arrested for Maryland Ave Shots Fired Incident

Hagerstown, MD News (5/25/2023) – On Wednesday 5/24/23 at approximately 3:50pm, Officers of the Hagerstown Police Department responded to the area of W. First St and Maryland Ave for a report of multiple shots fired. Officers recovered numerous shell casings in the area and learned that 2 structures in the 900 block of Maryland Ave were hit along with 5 different vehicles. There were no reported injuries.

In connection with the investigation, a search and seizure warrant was executed at a residence in the 900 block of Maryland Ave. Dejaniro Armante Rivera, age 25, was arrested. He was a resident of the home where the warrant was served. Rivera is charged with:

  • 1st & 2nd degree attempted murder
  • 1st& 2nd degree assault
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Numerous firearms related charges

This is not the first time Rivera has faced similar charges, and in fact had Rivera not been given a suspended sentence for his most recent assault offense, it’s likely he would not have been out of prison to commit this latest shooting.

  • In 2015, Rivera was found guilty of 2nd Degree assault, and sentenced to 260 days jail for an assault in 2014.
  • In 2019, he was found guilty of 1st Degree assault. Rivera was sentenced to 3 years jail time, but all of the sentence was suspended except for 126 days.
  • In 2021, Rivera was found guilty of another 2nd Degree assault in 2020, as well as illegal possession of ammo. He was sentenced to 1 year for the ammo possession, and 10 years for the assault. However, all but 5 years were suspended, and it appears that Rivera was then released on probation in December, 2021 according to Maryland Case Search.

This raises many questions as to why our judiciary are being so lenient on repeat offenders like Rivera, and how our local law enforcement can ever hope to solve the crime issues our community faces when the repeat offenders are simply sent back into society with very little consequences for their dangerous actions.

Article by RFHC staff, based upon media release by Hagerstown Police Department.

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