WALDORF, Md. (WUSA9) -- The man witnesses say pinned down Charles County Sheriffs' deputies with fire from an AK-47 Friday has a history of previous firearms charges, according to online court records.
William Payton Bell, 23 surrendered after being shot and wounded during a two-hour standoff with deputies who were trying to serve an arrest warrant for mail fraud.
As many as a hundred shots were fired, according to neighbors who found themselves pinned down in the crossfire between cars parked outside 4696 Gadwell Court early Friday.
The witnesses said Bell fired first and was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. Officials have not confirmed the accounts and continued to collect evidence to verify the details of the incident Friday evening.
A bullet passed through a neighboring townhome, shattering plumbing and flooding the unit. Resident Lori Hudson and her fiance Mark Earhart were outside when the shooting broke out and said they spent 20 minutes ducking behind cars as an officer shielded them.
No officers or bystanders were injured.
Bell surrendered after being wounded. He is reported to be in stable condition.
According to online court records, Bell pleaded guilty to underage possession of a regulated firearm and served 191 days in jail in 2010. Other charges, including attempting to scrub the identifying marks from a gun, were not prosecuted.
Charles County investigators say they will be looking into how Bell gained possession of the assault rifle used in Friday's incident.