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Rubber projectile helps end Md. barricade without loss of life

CRISFIELD — Less-lethal force is being credited with ending a barricade where a man fired at troopers on the Eastern Shore without loss of life.

Troopers were called Monday morning to a Crisfield home, where Maryland State Police said a woman reported that her 32-year-old son, who might be under the influence of a drug, was screaming and accessing a room where firearms were located.

The Special Tactical Assault Team Element and police negotiators were called in to assist. During negotiations the woman’s son, Jamie Coulbourne, told police over the phone that he had an officer in his gunsight and he threatened to kill the first officer who came to the door. Troopers could see Coulbourne walking around inside with a rifle. Hours later, Coulbourne fired out a rear door at troopers on the perimeter, but no one was hit, police said.

In the afternoon, Coulbourne walked outside, but ignored instructions for surrendering and kept putting his hands into his pockets and taking them out quickly, making it difficult to tell if he had a weapon. A tactical trooper fired a rubber round, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. That made Coulbourne stumble and he was taken into custody, Shipley said.

State police have carried less-lethal weapons for decades and the goal is always “to resolve the situation with the least force necessary,” Shipley said. In this case, the tactical unit with specialized equipment and training was on the scene.

“The important thing is to get the right team and equipment to the scene if you can,” he said.

Coulbourne was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and other offenses.