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Gov. Wallace shooter living in Maryland, county official says

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Arthur H. Bremer, who shot and paralyzed Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1972, has been living in Cumberland since his release from prison, an Allegany County official said Wednesday.

Bremer is living in an apartment on the East Side of the Maryland city of about 21,000, Allegany County Administrator Vance Ishler said.

Bremer declined through an intermediary to be interviewed. He did not talk with reporters while in prison, turning down "all requests for notoriety and interviews, including some that had money attached to them," said state Parole Commission Chairman David R. Blumberg.

Ishler said local officials have been assured Bremer, 57, isn't a threat. "Right now, we're assured that appropriate precautions are being taken for his integration into Cumberland society," Ishler said.

Bremer was released Friday from the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown after serving 35 years of a 53-year sentence for attempted murder. Wallace died in 1998.

A spokesman with the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services declined to comment on Bremer's location. When he was released, the agency refused to specify where in Maryland he was headed, saying privacy would allow him "to become acclimated to today's world at his own pace."

The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation is supervising Bremer until his sentence ends in 2025.

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