LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. - Two Maryland State Police troopers were shot during a barricade in Allegany County Friday morning.
The troopers were flown by MSP medevac to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. They were treated and released just before noon.
The suspect, 66-year-old William Charles Mackenzie was also shot. He was taken to Washington County Medical Center where he later died.
The troopers responded to a call for a domestic situation on High German Road in Little Orleans around 11 p.m. Thursday. Mackenzie was inside the home when they arrived. His wife told them the two had an argument and he pulled out a gun, threatened her with it and said, "This ends today."
The two fought and as both of them fell to the ground the gun fired. The wife escaped the house and ran to a neighbor's house to call police.
After several attempts to call the Mackenzie on his phone, the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Team Element (STATE team) responded and used the loudspeaker on their armored vehicle. Mackenzie refused to surrender and said he would not leave the house.
At some point early this morning, members of the STATE team tried to enter the house and were shot at by Mackenzie. Two troopers were hit in their legs. Troopers shot back, hitting him.
Investigators also believe that as the STATE team tried to enter the house, Mackenzie lit the house on fire which firefighters and troopers were able to put out.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is handling the investigation and will turn its results over to the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office for review.