Waldorf Man Served Warrant, Opens Fire on Police

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William Payton Bell, 23, of Gadwell Place in Waldorf, Md. (Credit: Charles County Sheriff's Office)

William Payton Bell, 23, of Gadwell Place in Waldorf, Md. (Credit: Charles County Sheriff’s Office)

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WALDORF, Md. (CBSDC) - A Waldorf man opened fire on police officers when they attempted to serve him with a search and seizure warrant at his home on Friday.

Both Charles County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrived at the home of 23-year-old William Payton Bell, located in the 4600 block of Gadwell Place in the Lancaster subdivision of Waldorf, around 6:39 a.m.

Upon their attempt to serve the warrant, Bell exited the residence armed with an AK-47 and began threatening the officer.

Police say multiple rounds were fired, but no officers were injured during the incident.

According to police, Bell was “incapacitated” and taken into custody, then flown to a hospital for emergency care, where he’s said to be in stable condition.

Bell was part of an ongoing maul fraud investigation the agencies had been conducting for weeks.

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