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A Great Mills man is accused in court papers of assaulting three St. Mary’s law officers on Thursday at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, where they eventually took him into custody after he shrugged off repeated jolts from a stun gun.
Charging papers allege that Marcus Donnell Rogers, 31, earlier fired about 21 pistol rounds into the air during a predawn incident near his home at Chancellor’s Run Court.
Rogers told police that he was the “Messiah” and that he was “protecting his family from aliens,” before they took him to the hospital that morning for an emergency evaluation, court papers state, and deputies Skyler LeFave and Cpl. Elizabeth O’Connor later were serving Rogers with charges of reckless endangerment and a handgun offense when they uncuffed him from a hospital bed.
Rogers pulled away when the officers told him to put his hands behind his back, charging papers state, and a scuffle ensued between the suspect and the two law officers, joined by deputy Matthew McCuen. The suspect was “tased” at least six times as they crashed into carts and tables in a hallway, and wound up in the nurse’s station.
Rogers ran there while “under power” from the Taser device, court papers state, and he continued to kick and swing his arms at the officers until he was beaten with a baton, eventually subdued and taken to the county jail.
LeFave suffered a knee injury, McCuen sustained scrapes on his left knee and O’Connor incurred scrapes, a finger injury and pulled a muscle in her left arm, according to a statement of probable cause from the investigation.