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Police: Barricade Situation Began As Domestic Disturbance

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County neighborhood is still on edge after a man barricaded himself in a home for nearly seven hours. The incident forced some to stay inside and kept others from getting home at all.

Kai Jackson spoke with police and neighbors.

Residents are relieved it’s now over but say it was tense while it lasted.

WJZ captured the Baltimore County SWAT team rushing to the 1100-block of Gypsy Lane in Towson Wednesday. Police say they responded to a domestic disturbance after reports of shots fired just before 10 a.m.

“The suspect shot at least once or twice out the back door of the location,” said Lt. Rob McCullough, Baltimore County Police.

“These were not the regular police. This was like a SWAT team had a helmet and guns. It looked more like a military operation,” said Wes Michael.

As a county police helicopter hovered above, police rerouted traffic on the ground as tactical teams, including those from other jurisdictions, moved into the neighborhood looking for the gunman.

“We have responded. We have tactical units on scene; we have negotiators on scene attempting to resolve this situation safely,” said Cathy Batton, Baltimore County Police.

While the standoff was underway, Baltimore County Police wouldn’t allow anyone in or out of the neighborhood.

“My wife was not here and could not come home. I was here and could not leave,” said Mark Schlenoff.

Schlenoff lives directly across the street from the house where police say the gunman was holed up. He said he never spoke to that man.

Police say two women managed to escape the house and the suspect was inside by himself.

“At about 4:50 p.m., they were finally successful at getting him out of the house. They took him into custody,” McCullough said.

Police have not released the suspect’s name. Charges are pending.

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