Calvert Police Use Explosives To Resolve Domestic Dispute

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (June 2, 2008)—Police in Calvert County used explosives to "breach" the front door of a residence where they say a man refused to surrender himself after a domestic dispute with his wife. The man, Michael Figgins of Prince Frederick, ultimately surrendered and was arrested and charged with false imprisonment.

Police became involved when they were called to the Figgins residence on Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick in reference to a domestic disturbance complaint on Sunday around 3:30 a.m.

Police say they made contact with Michelle Figgins who advised that she and Michael Figgins had been to a party where an argument between the two ensued which resulted in the throwing of beer bottles at one another. She told police that the two separated and later went home.

Michelle Figgins told police that while at the home, she went to the bathroom to shower and when she was finished she could not get out of the bathroom. She said she could hear a shotgun being "racked" from the other side of the door. Figgins told police that she was able to climb out of the bathroom and went to get help.

According to a police press release, officers on the scene tried to contact Michael Figgins and he would not come to the door. The Calvert County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team and the Hostage Negotiation Team responded to the residence and made "countless attempts" via telephone and public address system to contact Figgins.

The Special Operations Team ultimately breached the front door of the home with explosives at which time Michael Figgins walked out of the home and was taken into custody. He was charged by Deputy Robert Traas with false imprisonment and was awaiting appearance in front of the District Court Commissioner.

Units from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State, Police Barrack "U" Prince Frederick, were involved in the incident.

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