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A standoff with police ended in a man’s death Monday in Newburg.

Charles County sheriff’s officers with the warrant and fugitive unit went to a house in the 10500 block of Pleasant View Place in Newburg at 11:20 a.m. to serve a warrant.

The man, Joseph Kendall Fryer III, 44, of Newburg, was sought for two counts of driving while impaired.

While officers were at the front door of the residence, they observed Fryer and attempted to have him surrender, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.

Fryer refused to surrender and when officers attempted to go into the house, Richardson said, officers heard what was believed to be a gunshot.

She said officers backed off and called Charles County Emergency Services and a negotiator to the scene.

Nearby Piccowaxen Middle School and Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School were put on “shelter in place” status, meaning nobody was allowed to enter or exit the building without a sheriff’s officer present.

At approximately 2 p.m., according to the release, sheriff’s officers with the emergency services team went inside the home and found Fryer dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There was a gun recovered on the scene, police reported.

The investigation is continuing.

gphillips@somdnews.com