Deputies arrived at the home of Ronald John Melcher, 60, of Marumsco Road, Marion, around 8:30 a.m. and saw Melcher exit the front door and walk toward a vehicle in the driveway, according to Maryland State Police.
Melcher refused to obey the deputy’s verbal commands to stop and he continued toward the vehicle, all the while yelling that he was not going back to jail, police said.
Deputies then used a Tazer on Melcher, who fell into the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
As the deputies attempted to take Melcher into custody, they saw him pull a .38-caliber revolver from within vehicle.
A deputy ordered Melcher to put the gun down, but he shot himself in the head and was killed instantly.
None of the Sheriff’s Office personnel at the scene were injured.
Melcher was wanted by Maryland State Police in Salisbury for drug possession, Baltimore City for drug possession and Virginia State Police for credit card theft charges.
He was also a suspect in a criminal investigation being conducted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
The state police Princess Anne barrack, along with MSP homicide unit, crime scene and IAU personnel, were asked by the sheriff’s office to investigate the case which is continuing.