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Man faces assault, endangerment and destruction charges

January 16, 2011

CLEAR SPRING — Police have charged a Washington County man with various crimes after authorities responded to a call on St. Paul Road on Jan. 8 and found a man who was yelling “shoot me” to police.

Michael Commer, 43, was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, first-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property, according to Cpl. J. Grinnan of the Maryland State Police.

Commer was charged after state police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Natural Resources Police responded to the 13000 block of St. Paul Road at about 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Grinnan said.

Police responded after a resident reported that a man was behind his home with what appeared to be a butcher knife.

The caller said the suspect was attempting to break into a home and set it on fire, Grinnan said.

When police arrived, the half-clothed man was screaming “shoot me” to police, Grinnan said.

The man was holding a long aluminum pole with which he was trying to injure himself, Grinnan said.

Although the man became violent, police were able to handcuff him while paramedics gave aid, Grinnan said.

The man was transported to Meritus Medical Center for evaluation, Grinnan said.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Commer and he was taken into police custody Thursday, Grinnan said.

Commer was being held in the Washington County Detention Center Sunday afternoon on $100,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Commer is also being held on a $75,000 bond for arson and fire-related charges by the Maryland State Fire Marshal, Grinnan said.

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