UPDATE: Former State Trooper Sentenced to 3 Months of Home Detention for Assault on Teens with Handgun

October 29, 2018
Joseph L. Greenwell

Joseph L. Greenwell, 39, of Dameron

UPDATE 10/29/2018: Joseph L. Greenwell, 39, of Dameron plead guilty to impersonating a police officer and second-degree assault.

On Monday, October 22, 2018, Judge M. Brooke Murdock, imposed an 18-month jail sentence, suspended to 3 months of home detention and two years of probation.

Greenwell was sentenced to home detention for his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges from the confrontation last year at the Rod and Reel convenience store on Three Notch Road, in Lexington Park.

Greenwell was with the Maryland State Police from 2000 to 2004,

10/7/2017: Joseph Linehan Greenwell, 38, of Dameron, was indicted by the Grand Jury for Saint Mary’s County, on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Greenwell, was a Maryland State Trooper stationed at the Leonardtown Barrack from 2000 to 2004.

Greenwell is accused of pulling a handgun on three individuals (age 16,17 & 21) at the Rod and Reel on Three Notch Road, in Lexington Park, and identifying himself as “TFC Greenwell”

A mother of one of those involved in the incident posted a short video and the following statement on Facebook, on August 7, 2017:

The video shows him putting the gun back in his holster.

The man in this video pulled a gun on my son and his friends at Rod-n-Reel gas station Wednesday night. He ran towards the car with a gun pointed at them and told them to turn their music down. He lead them to believe he was a police officer while he was leaning in the car pointing a gun asking for their names and addresses. XXXX said he could smell alcohol on the man. I have been told the state police are handling this case but I have yet to be contacted by anyone. You would think it would be taken serious when you have a lunatic running around threatening kids with a gun. It seems like they would reach out to the parents of the minor kids involved. Does anyone recognize this man? He got into a white Chevy SUV with a pink emblem. 

Court documents indicate Greenweel has cooperated with the investigating authorities, and surrendered the firearm used in the incident.

Greenwell is scheduled to appear in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court on Monday, October 16, 2017, for his initial appearance hearing.

There is no booking photo available of Greenwell because he was he was charged by a criminal summons.




75 Responses to UPDATE: Former State Trooper Sentenced to 3 Months of Home Detention for Assault on Teens with Handgun

  1. Roger on October 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Why all of the extra “items” added to this story SMNEWSNET? Why do t you always attach a copy of the summons to everyone’s case?

  2. Cheech on October 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Maybe they shouldn’t be blaring music…

    • Act civilized on October 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Maybe drunk EX cops shouldn’t be driving around with a gun looking for trouble.

      • Roger on October 30, 2018 at 6:04 am

        Maybe both parties were in the wrong and it would be nice to see both parties punished for their crimes.

  3. Cheech on October 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Maybe they shouldn’t be blaring music…

    • Chong on October 8, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Depends on the kind of music!

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      He deserves to get his a$$ beat. stupid wannabe cop pos.

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Got it the first time you stupid idiot troll.

    • Stuttering Stan on October 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Maybe you better post it a third time, folks tend to take you seriously then.

  4. Anonymous on October 8, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Maybe they shouldnt have been blaring music? Is he that emotional to pull a gun on someone over that? I see why he is no longer a cop. He is to emotional. Maybe if they were playing country music it would have been ok.

  5. Heather on October 8, 2017 at 11:51 am

    “Kids”

  6. Anonymous on October 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The mother, like everyone else, wants charges immediately. Here’s the problem when you rush to charge without a full investigation; people walk. Look at Casey Anthony. They wanted that bimbo charged and it appears she got away with murder. Let the police do their thing. Or, you could get hired by the state police, go to the academy for 6 months and when you graduate you can show them how it’s done.

    • *shrugs* on October 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Meanwhile, if the shoe was on the other foot, no one seems to ever know anything that can help with the charges. LMFAO, but now that she has a horrible cell phone video that shows nothing, she wants him charged, tried, convicted, and jailed by the end of the week. I’m not saying he didnt do what he was accused of, but that video is only evidence that someone with a camera was at the location and video taped a guy walking toward an SUV… Didnt see a gun. He might have been putting his wallet back in his shorts. So what is the point of the video? His statements are clearly more of a smoking gun (pun intended).

  7. Chong on October 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

    However, pointing a hand gun at people in front of a public establishment, while under the influence, is perfectly okay.

  8. Obsidian on October 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    The punks deserved it.

    • Roger on October 30, 2018 at 6:08 am

      I’m sure they did. There’s a few that run around down there a part of the “Good ole boys.”

  9. Tophat on October 9, 2017 at 6:10 am

    It seems to me that posting the video and indictment papers may jeopardize this case and if nothing else contaminate a large section of possible jury members, why risk it? I’ve never understood why media publishes critical evidence before a trial.

    • No duh on October 29, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      He was already sentenced, its over…

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2018 at 2:59 am

        Umm,they’ve been posted since last year dummy.

  10. Anonymous on October 9, 2017 at 8:09 am

    It is really ignorant for these punks to be playing their music way too loud.I dont go to their area and blast my music so why should we have to listen to their crap blaring?Nobody wants to hear your music so have some respect and dont blast yours.

  11. Rty on October 10, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Ban all gun and bud lite

    • Bob Lob Law on October 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  12. Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Anyone blasting their music is ignorant and they dont respect other people.Who wants to hear other peoples blaring music? These young people have no respect for you or the law.They are out of control.They will probably end up robbing you one day.Good for the cop to put these punks in their place.I would not be surprised if one or more of these punks had a weapon.

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      He was NOT a cop retard. If youre gonna troll how about you actually read the article and not post wrong information. Then again youre probably just to stupid to comprehend it.

      • Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

        How about looking at the bigger picture if you can since your so small minded and see how disrespectful these young people are today.They dont respect people or they wouldnt be blaring their music and do you really think they will respect the law or police officers? Your an ignorant fool.I bet your kids do the same thing.

        • Anonymous on October 31, 2018 at 1:45 pm

          He isn’t a cop or the law…..MORAN

          • Moran on November 1, 2018 at 8:28 am

            I think the word that you’re looking for is “moron.” Look in the mirror. You’ve found it.

          • Anonymous on November 1, 2018 at 12:57 pm

            MORON*

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      They may not have only had a weapon, but perhaps a criminal history too! These were not KIDS… Why not publish the 21yrs name? I don’t know if I would go to this extreme, but I certainly understand being fed up with this loud music crap. I think if your music is causing everyone around you to have their windows shake, it’s too loud. Punks today have no respect.

      As far as the cop goes, I wasn’t there, and I am sure there are things that were said, or other action that we are not privy to. It will all come out.

    • Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      If the mother posted on Facebook pleading for some one who could recognize this man, then why did they say he identified himself (with his name) to these so called “kids”? I don’t think the whole story is being told. Pretty fishy….

    • left SM on October 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      You don’t read very well do you? “Greenwell, was a Maryland State Trooper stationed at the Leonardtown Barrack from 2001 to 2004”. Was is past tense as in he has not been a cop for 13 years or three times longer than he actually was.

    • Adam 12 on October 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Are you insane? Loud music should be addressed with a gun? Idiot.

      • Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm

        Are you insane? Defend these punks, and then 6 months later try to get charges filed against them for something they did against you… All criminals start out with small misdemeanors, then graduate to more serious crimes… Good luck with your reasoning, but from someone who was raised here, we are becoming little DC…

        • Willie on October 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

          So if your kid was with his buddies blaring music loud at the local Wawa, you’d be ok with some crazy ex-cop pulling a gun on him/her? Got it.

          • Ghostface Maimah on October 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

            Well, he probably wouldn’t blast his music at the Wawa again. It’s a life lesson.

  13. Pk on October 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Who cares

  14. Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I’m sorry, am I the only adult who doesn’t see an issue with “blaring music”? I still play my music loud on occasion while I am driving. I don’t see what excuse this person had to pull a gun on juveniles because of MUSIC?

    • Anonymous on October 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Juveniles? 21 is not a juvenile… In MD there is a 50 ft. Law for music…. Kids today have NO respect for anyone other than themselves… Would LOVE to have seen them do this in the 70’s…. Their own Mothers would od have dealt with it.

      • Willie on October 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

        Yeah, so let’s pull guns for loud music. Perfect solution to the loud music problem here in Southern MD. I am going to go out on a limb here, but I am guessing none of you would be ok with someone pulling a gun on your kid (or adult) for playing loud music. Right?

        • Mr Beetz on October 30, 2018 at 5:49 am

          Rappers do it all the time!

          • Malcolm X on October 30, 2018 at 11:04 pm

            So that makes it ok? Got it. Please do us all a favor and don’t reproduce. Thanks in advance.

        • anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 8:35 am

          Obviously these people never listened to loud music when they were younger! Not that I care for blaring music but I don’t see disrespect…I just see some kids/young adults doing the same thing we did back in the day. Get over yourselves!!!! This guy had no reason at all to pull a gun on them. And all he gets is home detention?! Let a regular citizen that was not a cop in the past do that and see what they get. SMH

    • AliceW on October 29, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Interesting there is no indication what time of night this occurred. Why should they be blaring what ever sound in a public place disturbing everyone else. They want a ghetto then go find one where loud noise is welcomed!

      • Malcolm X on October 30, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        So they get a gun pulled on them and you morons are worried about the loud music? Your priorities are whacked! I bet if that was your kid you’d feel different, right?

  15. Annonomous on October 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    If you were 140 lbs you wouldcarry a gun too.

    • Joe on October 30, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      I lol’d at this. Thank you!

  16. Teddie_bear on October 29, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Just saying not all the facts reported here are true. Yes he did wrong but there was not a 21 year old there,they were 20,17 & 16 buying beer as they always do. (CHECK VIDEO CAMERA) the one did not turn 21 until this year. But here or there no gun should ever be pulled out for music being to loud.

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      We where not there buying beer we were getting gas thank you are music was to loud for him but u couldn’t hear it until we opened the doors

      • Anonymous 2 on October 31, 2018 at 11:46 am

        Well the video camera does not lie, under age out past what time???? and you did not hear the music until you opened the doors. and who was outside before the doors were opened to confirm this? And spelling please. it is OUR not ARE. Alot more to this story than what is being said. Again I give him no rights to pull a gun on you, that is so wrong. But just buying gas.. Pleaseeeeee.

        • pot meet kettle on November 2, 2018 at 11:35 am

          Think you mean “a lot” dude lmao

  17. Joe on October 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    House arrest? He should have served a few months time in jail and had his firearms removed from the house until he completes probation. These local judges are a joke. A

  18. Anonymous on October 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Why wasn’t this a felony? That would guarantee he is no longer able to legally own or transport a gun. Sounds like he is not stable enough to be trusted with the privilege.

    • Roger on October 30, 2018 at 6:11 am

      Yeup, all of these laws are really stopping repeat felons from getting their hands on a gun.

      • Joe on October 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        That’s why we need judges who deal harshly with repeat offenders. Kinda hard to repeat offend if you’re sitting in Prison for a decade.

  19. Easchta Booney on October 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    He kind of looks like Murr from Impractical Jokers

  20. Justice on October 29, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Carrying Firearm in Vehicle – Felony
    Carrying Firearm on Person ( No CCW) -Felony
    Brandishing – Felony
    Threatening with a firearm – Felony
    Plus a few more

    • How ironic on October 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Past employment, race, and jurisdiction definitely make a difference in the American “justice” system.

  21. Anonymous on October 29, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Last kid that blasted music beat my house got there ride shot up
    Represent LP!!

  22. Ted Nugent on October 30, 2018 at 8:07 am

    The judge in this case had a chance to send a message that this type of BS will not be tolerated and he/she failed miserably. Keep voting Democrat people but please don’t complain when you are the victim of a crime.

    • Anthony Mcclough on October 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      The message the sent is a message that is known across the country already. Law enforcement, past and present are not and will not be held responsible for crime.

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

        Ok idiot. Put your tinfoil hat back on.

  23. Anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Judge Murdock is a retired judge from Baltimore city. There’s your explanation.

    • Ghostface Maimah on October 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      He’s known as “Howling Mad Murdock.” He’s also a hell of a pilot.

    • B. A. Baracus on October 31, 2018 at 8:47 am

      MURDOCK YOU CRAZY FOO. I ain’t getting in no plane Hannibal.

  24. Anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    They all have control issues, no surprise.

  25. Anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Tough sentence there judge Murdock, if it was one of your kids I bet you wouldn’t have such a bleeding heart. All you f’n judges down here suck.

    • Anonymous on November 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Shut up, if you got kids out with their music blasting they deserve every bit of it. Have some respect for the people around you. Scum

  26. Y'all are crazy on November 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

    It’s literally blowing my mind that anyone thinks someone PULLING A GUN because of some loud music is okay????? I have subs in my truck and like to listen to my music up loud, and sometimes I play it with the windows down when I’m pulling into Wawa late at night. This deserves a loaded firearm being waved in my face? By some lunatic pretending he’s still a cop? 3 months home detention is a JOKE.

    • Ghostface Maimah on November 3, 2018 at 8:52 am

      You’re right. How about an unloaded firearm? Can we agree that that is an appropriate response to your earthquake inducing ghetto noise?

    • Anonymous on November 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      You’re trash… Just that simple. Blast it as you drive down the road, but it isn’t needed in a parking lot around others. We don’t need to hear your junk. Pulling into Wawa late at night with it that loud is a scream for attention. Good for you loser

      • Y’all still cray on November 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

        Yeah y’all are still crazy. You shouldn’t point a gun at anyone unless you’re willing to pull the trigger. It’s the first rule of gun safety. Also not sure why “trash” and “ghetto” are your chosen descriptors for loud music when there are way more concerning behaviors out there. Like oh idk waving a loaded gun in someone’s face! Wildddddd.

        • Anonymous on November 6, 2018 at 7:29 am

          The first rule of gun safety is to treat every gun as if it’s loaded. There’s an extra rule for people like you: don’t aim sideways if you want to actually hit your target.