Troopers shot, alleged gunman dead after argument with wife leads to barricade situation

Two Maryland State Police troopers were shot and the alleged gunman is dead after an argument with his wife led to a barricade situation in Allegany County.

The incident began Thursday night around 11 p.m. when officers were called to a house on High Germany Road in Little Orleans, Maryland for a report of a domestic situation.

Police say a man, identified as 66-year-old William Charles Mackenzie, allegedly fired a handgun during an argument with his wife causing her to flee the home.

Police responded and surrounded the house to begin negotiations with Mackenzie. This morning, police remained at the scene and say Mackenzie fired shots from the house, striking two troopers in the lower extremities. Officers returned fire and struck the alleged gunman. Police say the suspect started a fire when additional officers tried to enter the home.

Mackenzie was taken to the Washington Co. Medical Center where he was pronounced dead Friday morning. The troopers were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their condition is unknown.

The incident is still being investigated at this time.