Two Maryland sheriff’s deputies were shot and wounded Monday in Waldorf while trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation on an assault charge, a spokeswoman said.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson told The Associated Press that deputies responded to a call at around 3:30 p.m. from a home in the 6300 block of Josephine Road about a man who the caller, identified as a family member, wanted out of the house.
Additional deputies were dispatched to the home, Richardson said, because there were concerns about the man's mental condition and the danger he might pose. He was said to be experiencing a “mental health episode,” she said, citing the caller.
The family member let the deputies inside the home, and as they began going upstairs, the suspect came out of a room and opened fire, Richardson said.
Two deputies were shot multiple times, but managed to get out of the house and were flown to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening, she said. Richardson said it wasn’t known if deputies returned fire, and she didn't know how many deputies entered the home.
After a barricade situation lasting several hours, the department said in a tweet that deputies entered the house and located the subject, who was dead.
It's believed the family member who made the call was able to get out of the home.
At a briefing Monday evening, Sheriff Troy Berry said deputies were not wearing body cameras.
"Our two injured officers are in stable condition. Our thoughts continue to be with our officers and the family involved in this situation. We will have more tomorrow," the tweet reads.
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