Suicide Threat Brings Police en Masse

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 1, 2010)—Police in St. Mary's County were called to a residence on Halford Lane in Hollywood at approximately 11:35 a.m. today for the report of a 31-year-old man, armed with a firearm, threatening to harm himself.

The Sheriff's Office declared a barricade situation, established a perimeter and called for additional resources from the St. Mary's County Emergency Services Team, the Critical Incident Negotiations Team, K-9 units, and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team.

Several officers were observed on site dressed in green military-style uniforms with black helmets equipped with night vision mounts, body armor, gloves, automatic rifles, holstered sidearms, and radio headsets.

Police say negotiators spoke with the man by phone and at approximately 2:50 p.m., he exited the residence, was taken into custody and transported to St. Mary's County Hospital in Leonardtown for an evaluation.

A similar incident just last Wednesday sent police scurrying to a wooded area in Prince Frederick after a woman called and reported a nineteen year-old boy had headed into the woods armed with a rifle in a suicidal state-of-mind. The situation was resolved without violence, but police charged the youth with reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia, a pipe.


Teen with Gun Reported Suicidal, Situation Ends w/o Violence, August 26, 2010

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