Arrest Made in Hagerstown Homicide..


HAGERSTOWN – On 10/23/21 Officers of the Hagerstown Police Department responded to the 200 and 300 blocks of N. Mulberry St for a reported shooting.

On arrival, officers located two victims with gunshot wounds. Both subjects were transported to Meritus Medical Center. John Anthony Leonard IV, age 27 of Hagerstown, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The second victim, identified as Jaseye Stephens, age 22 of Hagerstown was flown to R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He is currently still being treated at that location.

On 10/26/21, after extensive investigation, Detectives with the Hagerstown Police Department secured an arrest warrant for Gage John Coles, age 17 of Hagerstown for 1st degree murder and other related charges in Leonard’s death. Coles was apprehended in Manatee County, Florida this morning at about 8:00 am. In addition, detectives and officers executed two search and seizure warrants at two Hagerstown homes. Evidence of the shooting was collected and will be processed, including a handgun.

Coles also has been charged in relation to the shooting of Jaseye Stephens. He has been charged as an adult in both incidents. Coles is the single shooter, striking the deceased twice with gunfire and Stephens twice, once in the femoral artery. Officers responding to the scene used a tourniquet on Stephens helping to save his life. There were two groups of people involved in this incident, the victims were friends and were together when they were fired on.

While Coles has been arrested and charged, this is still an active investigation. Detectives continue to determine who was involved and if further charges for any of them are appropriate.

HPD would like to thank the Manatee Co Sheriff’s Office in Florida for their assistance as well as the Washington County Special Response Team for their efforts on executing the search warrants.

Coles is currently detained in Florida and will await an extradition hearing. He is charged with the following:

1st & 2nd Degree Murder
Attempt 1st & 2nd Degree Murder
1st & 2nd Degree Assault (2 counts each)
Reckless Endangerment
Numerous Handgun related charges

Source – HPD