MAPD PRESS RELEASE FOR INCIDENT ON 900 BLOCK MERRIDALE BLVD
Incident: Behavioral Health / 2nd Degree Assault on Police Officer
Date/Time: Monday, April 26, 2021 at 15:49 hrs.
Location: 900 Block Merridale Blvd. Mount Airy, Carroll County, MD 21771
Accused: Vincent, Leslie Anne W/F Age: 38
Charges: Obstruction and Hindering (1 Count, Misdemeanor)
2nd Degree Assault - Law Enforcement (1 Count, Felony)
2nd Degree Assault (1 Count, Misdemeanor)
Resisting Arrests (1 Count, Misdemeanor)
Narrative: On Monday, April 26, 2021 at approximately 15:49 Hrs., The Mount Airy Police Department was dispatched to a check welfare in reference to a possible suicidal subject in the 900 Block of Merridale Blvd. Mount Airy, Carroll County, MD 21771. A family member, who was later identified as the Accused, was on scene.
Once on scene, Officers received information regarding the possible behavioral health emergency. MAPD requested the assistance of the MAVFD and made forced entry into the residence. At that point they were confronted by the Suicidal Subject who was armed with and wielding a pump action shotgun. The suspect was verbally confrontational and pointing the firearm in the direction of the police officers. The officers took a tactical position and began giving the suicidal subject verbal commands and immediately implemented de-escalation tactics, engaging the subject in dialogue. For public safety reasons, the family member was directed to leave the area however, she refused to do so.
As the incident progressed, the accused attempted to charge the police-controlled scene, rushing through one officer and upon reaching the front door was intercepted by a second officer who was able to successfully parry her advance. A struggle ensued. The accused was physically escorted and moved away from the house to a safer location where she continued to resist and fight with police personnel. As the struggle continued, Officers placed the accused on the ground to gain control and handcuff her. After being taken to the ground she continued to kick and flail. During the struggle, she was able to land a kick to the right side of one of the officer’s head, causing pain and disorientation. Upon observing this, Fire and EMS personnel rushed to aid officers and assisted taking the accused into custody. The officer went to the ground and EMS personnel immediately began treating him for injuries sustained during the struggle.
While this incident was occurring, another Officer continued to work with the suicidal subject until additional units arrived to assist. The Officer was successful in de-escalating the situation and the subject was taken into custody peacefully and was subsequently transported to Carroll Hospital Center. The accused was transported to the Carroll County Central Booking Facility where she was processed and taken for arraignment. One officer was transported to Carroll Hospital Center where he was treated and released.
Chief Reitz is extremely proud of his personnel for the way in which they performed during this incident and grateful for the assistance provided by the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, the Carroll and Frederick County Sheriff’s Offices, the Maryland State Police, and Carroll County Emergency Operations Center telecommunications professionals. The coordinated response effort can be accredited to the peaceful resolution to a complex call involving a subject in a life-threatening crisis. Much credit goes to the responding Officers for utilizing their knowledge and training received in dealing with mental health subjects and de-escalation. Officers deal with these types of incidents frequently on a daily basis and it often goes unnoticed. While this was a situation that had the potential of ending tragically, we are able to report on one the best possible outcomes due to the officers’ training and experience along with the unified response of allied agencies.
Submitted By: Colonel Douglas W. Reitz
Chief of Police
Mount Airy Police Department