1 person killed, 2 officers shot following barricade in Charles County

One person is dead and two officers with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland, were shot Monday night.

It happened on the 6300 block of Josephine Road in Waldorf.

Sheriff’s officers were checking on a resident at a home when they were shot at several times.

The family of the person called law enforcement, saying he was wanted and having a mental health crisis. The sheriff’s deputies were trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation on an assault charge, The Associated Press reported.

The family led officers to the person’s room. The sheriff’s office said the person fired at the officers and they fired back.

Family members were able to leave the house on their own. The person then barricaded himself.

Officials said they sent a video drone in when they no longer saw signs of life and confirmed the man was dead.

It is unclear how the suspect died, whether from a self-inflected wound or police fire.

Both officers have been taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries and will undergo surgery Monday night.

Below is a map of where the shooting happened.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

WTOP’s Kyle Cooper contributed to this report. 

Laura Spitalniak

Laura Spitalniak joined the WTOP edit desk at the beginning of 2020. She previously worked at WAMU, ABC News and CBS News. She is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the daughter of a librarian.

Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera is an associate producer for WTOP News. He joined the radio news team in 2021 after previously working for WMAL News as a news assistant. He is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

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