TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — We are learning more about the Towson barricade that shut down an entire neighborhood for hours as Baltimore County police negotiated with the armed suspect inside of a home. We now know the man threatened to kill his mother. The charging documents released Monday give us a play-by-play of the events that unfolded that day.
Mary Bubala has more.
It was all hands on deck as Baltimore County Police tried to convince Ian Goldstein, 35, to drop his weapon and come out of his mother’s home on Gypsy Lane.
“The comments on the call indicated a gentleman inside that location was throwing things and tearing up the inside of the house and there were also reports there had been at least one gunshot inside that house,” said Rob McCullough, Baltimore County Police.
Officers were called to the home after the gunman’s mother called 911, saying her son was threatening to kill her.
According to the charging documents, Susan Roddy told dispatchers her son threatened to shoot her if she called anyone about the incident.
When police arrived, Goldstein took his anger out on officers.
“The subject shot at least once or twice out the back door of the location,” said McCullough.
For several hours, nearby neighbors were forced to stay inside their homes.
“It looked like a movie scene,” said one neighbor.
“We were overwhelmed by the number of police here. SWAT people, they even had snipers here,” said another.
Charging documents say while barricaded inside of the home, Goldstein posted pictures of himself on Facebook with a gun to his head.
After almost five hours, he finally gave up and was taken into custody without incident. He is now charged with first-degree attempted murder.
Goldstein’s mother told 911 dispatchers her son had psychiatric issues and was currently on probation for the possession and intent to distribute drugs.
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