On Aug. 9 at 6:39 a.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service attempted to serve a search and seizure warrant at a residence in the 4600 block of Gadwell Place in the Lancaster subdivision of Waldorf. Pursuant to the execution of the search warrant, a male suspect exited the residence armed with a rifle threatening officers who were outside. Multiple rounds were fired. The suspect was incapacitated. The suspect was taken into custody and flown by the U.S. Park Police to Prince George’s Hospital Center for emergency care. He is said to be in stable condition. No officers were injured during the incident.

The search and seizure warrant was part of an ongoing mail fraud investigation that CCSO detectives and postal inspectors had been conducting for several weeks. The suspect involved in the shooting was part of the investigation.

The suspect is identified as William Payton Bell, 23. The investigating into the shooting is ongoing.

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