A Glen Burnie man was on Wednesday found not criminally responsible for shooting at Anne Arundel County police because he was suffering from withdrawal from prescription drugs.
Judge Paul A. Hackner said that state psychiatrists determined that on April 27, Michael Puckett, 26, was in a psychotic state because he ran out of his prescribed Xanax. From inside his home, Puckett shot at police in a standoff that lasted several hours.
Puckett pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Because he is not considered criminally responsible, he was not sentenced. Instead, Hackner placed him in the care of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, ordered further psychiatric evaluations, barred him from having weapons and placed other restrictions on him.
Police responded when Puckett called and told dispatchers that people in the neighborhood were trying to harm him. They returned less than an hour later when one of Puckett's neighbors called police to say someone had just fired a shot into her home. When police came to Puckett's door the second time, he fired several shots at them. Puckett later was talked out of his house, and emerged wearing a bulletproof vest and not making sense. He was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
No one was injured in the standoff.