BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Some tense moments Sunday morning after a suspect barricades himself in south Baltimore, halting traffic, and causing a complete shut-down in the area.
While there were many rumors circling through social media and the neighborhood of a possible sniper or active shooter. But, police say that was never the case. Instead, a possibly armed man was barricaded in a Locust Point building.
Police arriving at the 1600 block of Whetstone Way just before 4 in the morning, and made the call to shut down traffic on parts of I-95, before calling in hostage negotiators and a SWAT team.
“Out of an abundance of caution not only for the individuals inside that apartment building, for our officers and the community as a whole, this is what we did,” said Det. Jeremy Silbert, Baltimore City Police.
The stand-off goes on for hours. Officers closed seven blocks surrounding the Harris Teeter on McHenry Row, causing gridlock in that area.
“This place looked like a ghost town. They wouldn’t let you walk,” said local Boyd Friend.
The barricade paralyzed business in McHenry Row and Locust Point, with staff members unable to get to shops and police asked people to stay away and in their homes.
“The police car was here on woodall street nobody could get down there and we got a phone call from the mayor that said, everybody in the house. Police situation don’t go out of the house,” said area resident John Roach.
Nearly 6 hours into negotiations, the suspect walks out, unarmed and surrenders to police.
“There was someone on the roof of the Harris Teeter and they thought it was a live gunman at first and then it turned out that they were worried he was danger to himself,” said Roach.
Police say the suspect was alone in the home and no one was injured. It’s still not clear what charges the man will face.