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Photo of Daniel Blackwell, charged with attempted murder, gun violations.Police found 15 firearms -- four of them loaded -- in the Dundalk row home where a man barricaded himself last night after an argument with his wife over a grilled cheese sandwich.

The suspect, Daniel Brian Blackwell, 55, of the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St., 21224, is not legally allowed to own guns because of prior assault convictions.

As a result of his actions last night, he has been charged with attempted first- and second- degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and various firearms violations. His booking photo is posted to the left.

Last Night's Barricade

Police were dispatched to an end-of-group row home in the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St. at 4:48 p.m. for a domestic disturbance involving a gun.

The suspect's wife told first-arriving officers her husband had shot at her through the basement floor after he became angry when she took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich.

She said the first shot was fired as she was in the kitchen making dinner. At that point, she went down to the basement to check on her husband, found him surrounded by guns and ammunition and went back upstairs. Blackwell briefly came upstairs, but retreated to the basement again. Soon after, the wife heard three more gunshots, the projectiles of which came through the kitchen floor near where she was standing. She and three teenagers fled the house and met waiting police officers.

BCoPD Tactical, K-9 and Hostage Negotiation teams responded. Blackwell engaged them in a standoff that lasted about three hours. The standoff ended when the suspect -- who was wearing a holster of ammunition around his waist but was not carrying a weapon at the time -- stepped out on the porch, allowing officers to use less lethal means (pepper balls) to subdue him and bring him into custody.

Police later found a loaded, lever-action long gun with a chambered round placed just inside the front door.

Blackwell was taken immediately to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Currently, he remains in police custody in a hospital pending an emergency evaluation.

Body camera footage from this incident is part of an ongoing investigation.


Police seized three handguns and 12 long guns from the E. Baltimore Street home:

  • Remington .44 Magnum rifle (loaded)
  • Ruger .357 Magnum revolver (loaded)
  • Springfield .45 ACP (loaded)
  • Remington 1187 12-gauge shotgun (loaded)
  • Ruger Airhawk pellet rifle
  • Traditions hunter rifle .50 cal
  • Mossberg .22 cal rifle
  • Winchester 94 AE 30-30 rifle
  • Mossberg .22 rifle
  • Winchester .370 20-gauge shotgun
  • Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun
  • Winchester 270 rifle
  • Ruger S7W .40 cal pistol
  • Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun

Police also found a large amount of ammunition and gun accessories.

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.

Revised September 27, 2016