LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a man who threatened his wife with a gun and said "this ends now" was fatally shot Friday morning, resolving a lengthy standoff, after igniting a fire and shooting at troopers who finally entered his home.
Two state troopers were flown about 120 miles (193 kilometers) to a trauma center in Baltimore, where they were treated for leg wounds and released. Police said William Charles Mackenzie, 66, was pronounced dead at a hospital near the home in Little Orleans, in western Maryland.
A state police statement says the confrontation began late Thursday night. The man's wife told officers that they had been arguing when he drew a gun and threatened her. They struggled and fell and the gun went off, she said. Then she escaped to a neighbor's house and called for help.
The police response was large, with tactical units of camouflaged and well-armed troopers surrounding the home. The troopers tried to communicate with Mackenzie using a loudspeaker from an armored vehicle, but they said he refused to surrender.
Tactical assault team officers finally entered the residence Friday morning. State police said Mackenzie fired at the troopers, hitting their "lower extremities." They returned fire, killing him. Police also said they believe Mackenzie ignited a fire inside the home as troopers entered. Fire personnel and troopers put it out.
"State police were negotiating with him throughout this whole process to try to end this situation as peacefully as possible," said Ron Snyder, a state police spokesman.
No one else was in the house at the time.
Mackenzie has had previous legal troubles. In 2014, he was charged with manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana. The charges were put on hold indefinitely and no guilty verdict was entered.
Mackenzie's home in Baltimore was in foreclosure proceedings at one point, but he is still listed on state property records as the owner.
Online court records show that Mackenzie accused his wife, Linda Mackenzie, of stealing from him in 2015. She was charged with theft of $10,000 to under $100,000, 3rd-degree burglary and 4th-degree burglary of a dwelling. Court records show prosecutors declined to move forward with the case.
Snyder said the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is investigating, and will provide its conclusions to the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office for review.
Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html