Two sheriff’s deputies shot trying to serve warrant for violent assault charge to man having ‘mental health episode’

WALDORF, MD– On Monday, May 17th, two Charles County Sheriff’s deputies were shot and wounded in Maryland, while trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation on an assault charge.

According to reports, 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.

Richardson said that additional deputies were dispatched to the home due to concerns over the man’s mental health, and the danger he might have posed to civilians. The concern came from information the caller gave police that the man was experiencing a “mental health episode”.

Richardson stated that officers were let into the home by the family member who called. Once inside, officers began going upstairs, when the suspect came out of a room and opened fire.

NBC4 reported that 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.

According to Richardson, it was not known at the time if officers returned fire, and she did not know how many deputies entered the home.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Department posted an update of the situation on Twitter, saying:

“We are on the scene of an officer involved shooting in the 6300 block of Josephine Road in Waldorf in which two officers were injured. Situation is ongoing and we will provide updates as we can.”

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, NBC4 reported.

The Tweet read:

“A short time ago officers made entry into the house and the subject was located. He was deceased. Our two injured officers are in stable condition. Our thoughts continue to be with our officers and the family involved in the situation. We will have more tomorrow.”

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.

This is a developing story, and Law Enforcement Today will bring you updates as they become available. 

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Last week, an NYPD officer was shot three times by a suspected gang member with an extensive criminal record. Here is more on that story. 

NEW YORK CITY, NY – An NYPD officer is currently hospitalized after reportedly being shot multiple times by a suspected gang member after responding to a shots fired call within Brooklyn on the evening of May 12th.

Police officials say that the officer who was shot is expected to make a full recovery.

According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, it is believed that the injured officer, identified as 28-yeart-old Officer Brian McGurran, wound up responding to an incident involving alleged gang members entrenched in an ongoing feud.

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 12th, three men were sitting inside of a white SUV at a red light when a male suspect ran up to the SUV and opened fire on the three men inside. The driver of the SUV reportedly tried speeding off from the gunfire but crashed into a pole at Madison and Broadway.

Police officials say that two of the three occupants inside of the SUV were struck during the shooting, noting that 28-year-old Robert Randall was fatally shot, and 21-year-old Malik Lucas was non-fatally shot but remains in critical condition.

Reportedly all three of the males inside of the SUV that were fired upon were known gang members with extensive arrest records, according to Commissioner Shea.

A police sergeant and two officers, Officer McGurran being among them, were a few blocks away when they had gotten the ShotSpotter notification.

When responding to the area, the officers noticed a male suspect, later identified by officials as 26-year-old Boyce Hayward, walking briskly near the area of Saratoga Park.

Officials say that when the officers went to approach Hayward, the suspect immediately pulled out a firearm and started shooting at the officers.

An exchange of gunfire ensued between police and the suspect, with Officer McGurran being shot in his vest, buttocks, and leg.

The suspect was non-fatally shot in the leg during the exchange as well.

Police officials are crediting the bullet proof vest as being what likely saved Officer McGurran from being seriously or fatally injured. Commissioner Shea stated that the injured officer “is in surprisingly good spirits, thankful to be alive.”

Hayward, who police say is a member of the Young Stackers gang, was apprehended at the scene of the shooting and is in custody at the hospital.

As of this time, Commissioner Shea says that it is unclear whether or not Hayward was involved in the shooting of the SUV that killed one and injured another.

However, investigators did recover 9mm shell casings at both the scene of the SUV shooting and the scene where officers came under fire with the suspect near Saratoga Park.

Authorities believe that the shooting of the SUV is connected to an ongoing gang war within the area.

Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the officers who responded to the incident, calling their actions an instance of “extraordinary bravery”:

“This is an example of extraordinary bravery. Here are our officers, in a situation where they see someone acting suspiciously, and they go and do what we depend on them to do every single day and protect their fellow New Yorkers.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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