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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.

Guns

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.

A statement regarding firearms and the murder of five Dallas police officers has been issued by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson is chair of the Partnerhsip.

This is the statement in its entirety:

"The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence deeply mourns the loss of four Dallas Police Department Officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer, who were deliberately targeted for assassination today [July 7, 2016] by a deranged and cowardly group of individuals who were intent on killing law enforcement officers. We send our deepest condolences to the families of these brave fallen officers and to the officers and families of those who were shot and survived. Our thoughts are also with the citizens of Dallas, Texas and with this great Nation as we all share in the loss of these heroes.

Our coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations has long expressed our concern over the devastating toll of violence in our communities and in violence directed towards law enforcement. Those who encourage and call for violence against law enforcement are equally as guilty as those who commit such violence and do nothing to promote the kind of mutual trust and cooperation that is needed to ensure that every American can feel safe within their communities.

Law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line to protect others, but the prevalence of gun violence across our nation is making these jobs increasingly more dangerous. Here are some of the disturbing facts:

  • Firearm fatalities among law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have risen sharply this year, up 44 percent over the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  • Gunfire was the leading cause of officer line of duty deaths in 2014, as it has been since 2009, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  •  An increasing proportion of police murders have been classified as ambushes. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, between 1990 and 2000, police murders that were attributable to ambush assaults was about 12 percent; from 2001 to 2012, that figure was 21 percent.
  •  Firearms were responsible for 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins study.

 Gun deaths among all Americans have been on the rise over the 15 years, going from an average of 79 per day in 2002, to 92 a day in 2014 -- the last year for which data is publicly available, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has stressed the need – as a public safety imperative – for improved responses to these senseless acts of violence and will remain committed to pursuing these improvements and calling attention to their need as we are doing today

We owe it to the heroes lost and injured today and to all of America’s law enforcement officers to do all we can to make our communities safer and to unite in support of one another, regardless of the color of our skin, how we worship, who we love or the uniform we wear. Dallas Chief of Police David Brown asked for our support and today, we pledge our support to the Dallas and DART Police Departments, to law enforcement nationwide, and to those in our communities who are far too often victimized by gun violence."

Police Chief Jim JohnsonBaltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson is at the White House this morning, meeting with other national law enforcement leaders and President Obama regarding the President's executive actions designed to reduce gun violence.

Johnson is the chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence; he also represents the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

The Partnership and Johnson long have supported measures designed to keep firearms out of the hands of those not legally entitled to possess them, including stronger background check processes, ensuring that those engaged in the firearms sales business follow the rules that apply to them and additional resources for agencies responsible for enforcing gun laws.

Details of the President's executive action are provided on the White House blog.

Speaking on behalf of the Partnership, Johnson said that the President's actions provide clarity on existing laws, prioritize enforcement of gun crimes, provide additional resources to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and increase mental health treatment and reporting about people with mental health issues who are prohibited from gun possession.

"These are reasonable actions that will help protect our communities at a time of tremendous concern about gun violence and terrorism," Johnson said, adding that "none of these measures interfere with lawful gun ownership."

Text of announcement by National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence:

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the nation’s major national law enforcement leadership organizations today participated in a meeting with President Obama where he announced and discussed a series of concrete actions designed to reduce gun violence, including measures to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are not legally entitled to possess them.

 The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership), comprised of national law enforcement leadership organizations, is pleased to see these vitally important actions move forward, which will enhance public safety and support law enforcement’s efforts to reduce gun violence. 

“These critical enforcement measures will strengthen existing background check processes, ensure that those who are engaged in the business of firearm sales follow the rules that gun dealers are required to follow, and provide law enforcement increased support by better resourcing the agencies charged with enforcing gun laws,” said Chief Jim Johnson of the Baltimore County (MD) Police Department, who represents the Major Cities Chiefs Association and serves as the Chairperson for the Partnership. 

Many of the steps announced by the President this week have long been a part of the Partnership’s policy agenda and are consistent with its statement of principles. “These very reasonable enforcement actions will better protect all of our communities at a time of heightened concerns about gun violence and about terrorism, following the San Bernardino incident,” said Johnson, who added, “It is vital that everyone understand how critical these measures are to the safety of our communities, and that none of these measures adversely impact lawful gun ownership.” 

 “The President’s actions to provide clarity on existing gun laws, prioritize enforcement of gun crimes, strengthen the NICS system by addressing the gap in mental health and other disqualifying records, and his allocation of greater resources to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for NICS system improvements and to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for additional agents and investigators will all make our communities safer,” said Johnson. 

The Partnership has long stressed the vital role that ATF plays in enforcing gun laws and reducing gun violence, and has urged that ATF be better resourced to carry out its vital mission as the only federal law enforcement entity with reducing gun violence as its primary mission.  The Partnership has also been calling for the nomination of a permanent director to lead ATF. 

The Partnership’s policy priority has been the use of and requirement for background checks prior to all firearm sales.  “Background checks have already blocked more than 2.4 million prohibited purchases since the Brady Law went into effect in 1994. “Today’s actions will go a long way, but we will continue to press for universal background checks and are grateful for the President’s support,” said Johnson. 

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (www.lepartnership.org) is an alliance of the nation’s law enforcement leadership organizations concerned about the unacceptable level of gun violence in the United States. The Partnership is working to address the pervasive nature of gun violence and its horrific impact on community and officer safety. 

 

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016