In Maryland, suspect William Charles Mackenzie is dead and two state troopers are injured after a domestic dispute turned into a gun battle.
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on January 25, 2018, Maryland State Police were called to the 11000 block of High Germany Road in Little Orleans over a domestic dispute. They were met by the wife of William Charles Mackenzie, 66, who had barricaded himself in his house.
According to the wife, she and her husband got into a fight. At some point, Mackenzie allegedly picked up a gun and threatened her. The two then struggled and fell to the ground, reportedly causing the gun to fire.
It was at this point that the wife was able to make her escape. She ran to a neighboring house to call police.
William Charles Mackenzie’s Barricade
Once on the scene, troopers created a perimeter around the house. They repeatedly called William Charles Mackenzie on the phone, but they were ignored.
The Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element (STATE Team) was called in to help end the standoff. They used a loudspeaker on their armored vehicle, but Mackenzie refused to surrender and repeatedly said he was not coming out.
Eventually, the STATE Team had no choice but to breach the home. They made their move in the early hours of January 26, at which point Mackenzie allegedly opened fire on them.
Two team members were shot in the lower extremities. The STATE Team returned fire, striking Mackenzie.
The injured troopers were sent to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, treated, and released. Mackenzie was sent to the Washington County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
A small fire had been set in the house as troopers began their raid. STATE Team members helped the local fire department to extinguish the blaze.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit has been brought in to investigate the shooting.