Police: Woman, 58, Fired Shot at Subpoena Server

The charges stemmed from a shooting on June 6 on Carriage Hills Drive in Columbia, police said.


Shirley Anne Bolton, 58, was indicted this week in the shooting of a private process server at her sister’s house in the King's Contrivance Village in Columbia.

The server had arrived at the house on the 8700 block of Carriage Hills Drive in the afternoon of June 6 to serve a subpoena on Bolton’s sister, according to the charging documents. As the server approached the front door, Shirley Bolton opened it and pointed a gun at him, police said.

She fired one shot and missed, police said. The server then ran and hid behind his truck, while Bolton’s sister called 911, according to court documents.

When police arrived, Bolton still had the gun in her hand, according to the charging documents. Police said they ordered her to drop the gun and after several commands Bolton dropped the Smith & Wesson 9 mm.

Bolton's sister told police that she and her sister had reviewed a video recording from her home surveillance system from two days before, June 4, when the man had also showed up at her door, according to the charging documents. When he showed up again on June 6, police said Shirley Bolton told her sister the man was back and she was going to get her gun, according to the court documents.

Bolton was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felony use of a handgun in a violent crime, handgun possession, and reckless endangerment.

Bolton is being held on $200,000 bond.

Update - 3 p.m. - Patch's request for a mugshot of Bolton was denied by Howard County Police. "It has been determined that it would be contrary to the public interest to release the document at this time because disclosure would interfere with the adjudication," wrote police in the denial letter.

Baron Rowe July 07, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Also why not call 911 if you think someone suspicious has been lurking around your home? Just asking? Shooting first, that won't stand up in court, no self-defense issue here.
come on really July 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
The notes on the door, with name and phone number should have been a clue to these people-
come on really July 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Michael, don't you think a note on the door, with name and phone number would give them a clue!!! do you really think it's okay to open the door and shoot.
christy July 22, 2012 at 05:23 AM
It was my brother she shot at. He was doing his job..He went to the ladys home and she wasn't there so he left his name and number. He came back the next day when he didn't hear from her. He was walking up her driveway and she ran out half naked saying she was going to kill him. She took a shot at him.. he ducked luckly and missed hitting in the head by an inch. she chased him around. She was strung out on drugs. So for the record my brother wasn't lurking around anyones house...he had a reason to be there, the woman didn't want to go to jail for unpaid bills..go figure now she faces much bigger crimes!!
Donna St.John Wiecking August 30, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The lady in question is a highly regarded retired LtCol USA, a stellar human being and the most gentle of souls. A stalker is frightening to any gender but in an area such as this, a lone female has ever reason to be concerned. I love the part about "chasing" the perp around. I've known her for 30 years. She is nearly immobile from multiple back surgeries and is often confined to a wheel chair. As for "strung out from drugs", she doesn't drink alcohol, takes few prescription meds and had just returned from a famly graduation in Texas. As for the process server, you can't fix stupid. Was this his first week on the job?


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