PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Several tense hours for police and people living in one Baltimore County community. A man armed with a gun holed up inside a Milford Mill house.
Mike Schuh was on the scene as officers worked to convince him to surrender peacefully.
There was no rush at the Oaks on Old Court. People were told to stay inside their homes for their own safety.
Police have been to the house before — the homeowner calling about her ex-boyfriend. At 5:30 a.m., the burglar alarm went off along the 3900 block of Princely Way.
“The officer that responded knew that there was a history to the house, so he knew he was coming into something. When he arrived at the house, she came running out — the homeowner — came running out, saying, ’He’s got a gun, he’s got a gun,’” said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police Department.
She ran out. The neighborhood was put on lockdown.
No one was allowed into the neighborhood. There are about 170 homes there — 29 of them on Princely Way.
Quentin Brown’s wife and kids were right across the street.
“She went to get in the car and there was a sniper person in-between our car,” he said. “So they told her to go back in the house.”
Just around the corner, Old Court Middle School was closed due to the incident. Most of the students were taken to Milford Mill High School.
Special police teams gathered — from hostage negotiators to the bomb squad. In the end, the SWAT teams weren’t necessary.
“She saw the little robot thing they were using and they kept making announcements for him to come out,” said Brown.
And that’s what he did — came out, and gave up.
Schuh: “How do you feel right now?”
Brown: “Relieved. Very relieved.”
As for the ex-boyfriend…
“Our officers have taken the subject into custody safely,” said Cpl. Wachter. “We’re going to take him to an area hospital for an evaluation.”
Police have not yet released the name of that man or the charges they intend to file.
No one else was in the home after the woman ran out.