UPDATED at 4:46 p.m.
By Todd Bowman
LITTLE ORLEANS, Maryland- Two Maryland State Police Troopers were transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being shot during a barricade situation early Friday, according to a spokesperson for the Maryland State Police.
The suspect, William C. Mackenzie, 66, of Little Orleans was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to an updated press release this afternoon by police.
In the updated release, Maryland State Police said that both officers were treated and released.
According to police, shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, troopers from the Maryland State Police -Cumberland Barrack were dispatched to a home in the 11000 block of High Germany Road in eastern Allegany County for a reported domestic situation. Police believe the suspect was inside the home when troopers arrived.
State troopers learned from the suspects wife that the two had an argument inside the home and the suspect allegedly brandished a handgun. Police say that the suspected threatened his wife stating “this ends today.”
The wife was able to escape the residence and ran approximately 200 yards to a nearby house and called 911, police said.
Troopers responded and established a perimeter around the house and repeated attempts to contact the suspect were not successful.
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., Mackenzie fired multiple shots from a bedroom window, striking two members of the STATE team who were near the perimeter. Police did not return fire at this time, according to the updated press release.
Just after 8:30 a.m. and without warning, Mackenzie exited the house, which police say appeared to be on fire. He was carrying a handgun and pointed the weapon at officers. The suspect continued to ignore commands to drop the weapon. Police fired and wounded Mackenzie and disarming him of his weapon.
Emergency medical care was immediately administered on scene by units from Allegany County Department of Emergency Services and later Maryland State Police Aviation Command.
Other agencies on the scene included C3I, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland Police Department, Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and MSP- Aviation Command, according to police.
Fire and EMS units responded from Allegany and Washington counties in Maryland and surrounding jurisdictions.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was on the scene conducting an investigation into the police involved shooting, according to the release. Investigators have determined that a trooper with from MSP fired his agency issued firearm. He has been placed on administrative leave, as per procedure pending the outcome of the investigation.
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