Standoff in Brunswick resolved quietly

September 22, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Police blocked off sections of Brunswick around West Potomac Street Tuesday afternoon and officials at nearby schools delayed release of students for about three hours after a man made threats against police and himself, authorities said.

The incident ended when the man was taken into custody about five and half hours later, police said.

The standoff began about 1 p.m. when Brunswick Police Department officers were called to a house on West Potomac Street to check on the welfare of a 39-year-old man, said Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman for the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Department.

Based on what they observed at the scene, police decided to set up a perimeter in the area and not allow people near the scene, Bailey said.


Bailey said she could not specify what officers observed. The man refused to leave his house, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Negotiators were in contact with the man by phone and at about 6:30 p.m. he left the house and was taken into custody, police said.

An emergency petition was obtained for the man, allowing officials to take him to Frederick Memorial Hospital to be evaluated, Bailey said.

Officials decided to delay the release of students from Brunswick Elementary School, Brunswick Middle School and Brunswick High School because of the situation, said Don Rough, acting police chief for the Brunswick Police Department.

Although Rough said he did not know how far Brunswick Elementary School was from the man's house, it was "within walking distance." Brunswick Middle School and Brunswick High School are farther away, Rough said.

Officials not want students to be released for their safety, but also did not want to deal with school bus traffic during the standoff, Rough said.

People gathered along West Potomac Street to watch the situation unfold, and police were seen in the area carrying equipment such as shields and helmets.

Chad Ault said he was visiting a cousin who lived near the man's house. Police cars went up the street and soon afterward police in camouflage outfits began walking around houses with guns, Ault said.

Ault said he attempted to get in his car and leave, but police would not allow him to get in his car. Ault said he was told to walk down the street.

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