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Keyword: barricade

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.

Update (March 18, 2016  10:17 a.m.):

Police have released the identities of the victim and suspect in yesterday's murder-suicide on Fenor Road. The victim is Kristina Burris, 42. The suspect is Enrico Anthony Brillantes, 49. Both lived in the 4400 block of Fenor Road, at the home where the barricade occurred.

Original release (March 17, 2016  2:30 p.m.):

At 8:49 a.m. today, Baltimore County Police responded to a home in the 4400 block of Fenor Road 21227 for an assault call. While en route, officers received information that an armed man at the Fenor Road home had shot a woman. When officers arrived on the scene, they set up a safe perimeter and called for specialized resources.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., tactical officers recovered the body of a female from the front of the home.

Negotiators made contact with the suspect and attempted to get the him to give himself up, but the man would not give himself up.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., the man was seen lying on the floor, suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was declared deceased at the scene.

The Baltimore County Police Department Homicide Unit is now investigating the incident at the home as a murder/suicide. The suspect and victim are boyfriend/girlfriend.

Baltimore Highlands Elementary School was placed on alert status during this incident.

Further details on this incident will be released as they become available.


Revised September 27, 2016