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Keyword: barricade

Original release (October 12, 2016  4:21 p.m.):

A barricade situation in Essex has ended peacefully.

Just before 11 a.m. this morning, officers responded to the 2100 block of Anthony Ave 21221 for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived on the scene they spoke with a man who told them that he had been in an altercation with the suspect. During the altercation, the suspect fired several shots from a gun at him. The man was not hit by the gunfire.

At first officers feared that the man was armed and walking around the neighborhood. They then determined that he was in a home by himself.

Specialized resources were called to the scene to ensure the safety of the community. Police negotiators began a dialogue with the suspect and requested that he give himself up peacefully. The suspect eventually complied with the request of negotiators and surrendered peacefully to police.

The suspect was transported to a hospital for an evaluation. He also faces charges in connection with the alleged assault. His information will be released after he is officially charged.

The assault incident remains under investigation by the Precinct 11 Investigative Services Team.

Original release (August 29, 2016  2:01 p.m.):

The person involved in the barricade situation in the 2000 block of Stratton Court in Harford County this morning has been identified as Officer First Class James L. Ward, a Baltimore County Police Officer.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson stated “I was greatly saddened to hear about one of our officers taking his own life after being involved in a barricade situation for the second time. It is fortunate that no one else was hurt.”

Officer First Class James L. Ward is a 19-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh. At the time of this incident, he was suspended without pay in connection to an April barricade incident at the same location.

Update, May 3, 2016:

Booking photo of Charles Muchanic, charged with trespassing.The suspect in this case is Charles J. Muchanic, 43, of the 800 block of Cove Mountain Road, Gladstone, VA, 24553. He is charged with one count of trespass. Muchanic was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

Original release:

A man is in custody following a barricade in the 10900 block of Notchcliff Road in Parkville. The man was not armed and there were no injuries.

At 11 a.m., a security alarm was activated in the building that houses the armory at the Maryland National Guard property. Army personnel responded to the alarm, and after observing a male subject they called police. Because of the sensitive location, police dispatched the Negotiations Team and the Tactical Unit.

The man exited the armory without incident after speaking with police and was immediately taken into custody. The suspect will be sent for evaluation, and charges are pending.

At no point did the suspect have access to the weapons in the armory, which are stored in a secure vault.


Revised September 27, 2016