12/21/2006

Baltimore man surrenders after 7-hour stand-off

By Annie Linskey, sun reporter
The Baltimore Sun

A man armed with a rifle and a shotgun fired shots in a Southwest Baltimore house and held police at bay for more than seven hours yesterday before he surrendered, city police reported.

The man was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center for a psychological evaluation after the standoff, which ended at about 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. Police withheld the man's name because he wasn't immediately charged.

Police were called to a house in the 1900 block of Lemmon St. about 4 a.m. after receiving a report of a domestic dispute, said Deputy Major Michael McDonald. They found a woman standing outside the house. The man remained inside, where several gunshots were fired. McDonald said it was unclear whether the shots were fired at officers.

"We secured [the scene] and we negotiated," McDonald said. "It took some time, but he gave up." When the man surrendered, he turned over a rifle and a shotgun, McDonald said. The man was not holding hostages, he said.

Diane Ellis, who lives near the house where the man was staying, said several city tactical officers took up positions in her bathroom and on her roof yesterday morning. She recalled hearing two people arguing in the house about 4 a.m. About 30 minutes later, she heard three shots. "It was a heck of a scene," she said.

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