Fire erupts as Md. gunman takes over shop, fires at police
The Associated Press
FREDERICK, Md. — Fire engulfed a liquor store in a shopping center Monday just moments after a gunman barricaded inside began negotiating with police.
Police identified the gunman as James Douglas, 29, of Frederick, saying that the clerk recognized him and that he responded to that name during negotiations.
The gunman entered Jim's liquor store in the Antietam Village Shopping Center shortly before 1 p.m. and ordered a clerk to leave, Chase said. The clerk ran to a neighboring store and called police. When officers arrived moments later, they were fired at but not injured.
Frederick police had contacted the man by phone and were negotiating with him when the fire started about 3 p.m., Chase said. The fire spread to neighboring stores and sent dark clouds of billowing smoke over the western Maryland city. The other stores in the mall were evacuated.
Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Recommended for you
Join the discussion
PoliceOne top 5
- DC cops' body cams won't be on while they monitor inauguration demonstrators
- Slain Fla. officer's cuffs used to arrest suspect
- Pa. cop sues Wal-Mart over termination for carrying gun on duty
- Video: Alleged Fla. cop killer refuses lawyer, shouts profanities in court
- Details emerge in shooting of Ariz. trooper by driver he sought to help