MSP Takes the Lead in Barricade Situation
The following police story is an account of what occurred in one of the most peaceful and crime-free areas of our state. This story just goes to show that our law enforcement personnel never know what’s going to happen on any given day. We regret that this incident resulted in a loss of life but are thankful that no law enforcement or other innocent life ended.
This story began around 11:00 AM on the 27th of December, 2018. Maryland State Troopers from the Cumberland Barrack responded to a 9-1-1 call, reporting a break-in at a residential home on Piney Mountain Road. The request was made by a family member who noticed an open door at the house. When troopers arrived, they discovered the side door of the house was open. Troopers gave several verbal commands before entering the house and then as they went into the residence a single gunshot rang out. They subsequently, following training and protocol, backed out of the house and immediately established a perimeter around the home, now knowing for sure that the suspect barricaded in the home was armed.
Additional personnel from the Cumberland and McHenry Barracks responded to the scene and called for the Special Tactical Assault Team Element (STATE Team), along with negotiators from the Maryland State Police. Sheriff deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and police from the Cumberland City Police Department and the Maryland Natural Resources Police also responded to the scene.
Several attempts were made in vain to establish communications with the suspect inside the home. These efforts included the use of flash bangs, to entice the suspect to exit the house. After several frustrating hours of trying to get a response from the suspect the decision was made to obtain a search warrant and the S.T.A.T.E. Team reentered the residence at 4:15 p.m. The gunman was found lying on the floor with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The suspect was identified as Michael W. Davis, 39, of Cumberland, Maryland. Davis was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel on scene. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
No injuries to civilians or law enforcement personnel were reported. No shots were fired by law enforcement personnel. This type of story often goes unnoticed by the media, but it is all too real to the men and women who serve in law enforcement. I’m sure the officers involved will never forget what happened that day.