BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ)—Deadly hostage situation. A man is dead and his estranged wife critically hurt after a 12-hour standoff along a remote Harford County road.
Rochelle Ritchie has the latest on how it started and ended.
Detectives tell WJZ that the husband and wife had a history of domestic violence. Unfortunately, their marital problems ended in death early Tuesday morning.
A Parkville man, who deputies say held his wife captive for 12 hours inside of a car, is dead after a gun battle with Harford County Sheriff’s deputies.
“Our negotiations with the suspect went on all night long. At times the suspect would talk to us. At times he wouldn’t.,” said Edward Hopkins, Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Instead, police say 37-year-old Luis Arturo Hernandez forced his 28-year-old estranged wife, Jamie Nicole Campbell, to call people and tell them goodbye.
“At this point, our command staff here believed that both the victim’s life was in danger and the suspect was going to do harm to himself,” Hopkins said.
A special weapons team moved in on the vehicle, and shots started ringing out in the neighborhood.
“I heard several, what I thought were explosions. I heard a lot of screaming and yelling also, and then after that I heard sirens,” said John Hussar, resident.
The suspect was shot dead. His wife was shot in the abdomen and rushed to Shock Trauma.
It all started around 8:30 p.m. Monday when Campbell’s mother, who lives about eight miles from the scene, called police to report her daughter missing.
“I asked her what happened. She said her daughter got shot last night,” said Ernie Funk, neighbor. “That’s what she told me. I said ‘Is she alright?’ She said, ‘She’s alright right now.’”
Hopkins says investigators tracked the SUV to a dirt road off Cedar Lane near Bel Air, where Campbell warned arriving deputies that her husband had a gun.
Neighbors say they are stunned by the violence.
“Just completely shocked. Things like that don’t happen around here. I feel for the family. I hope the daughter’s OK,” said Candice Heid, neighbor.
Deputies have not said who shot the suspect or how the victim was shot.
Hernandez’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy.
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