Police storm barricade, arrest cemetery gunman Workers say he threatened them

no shots are fired

January 10, 1991|By William B. Talbott | William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

An armed man who had barricaded himself in a caretaker's house at the National Cemetery in southwest Baltimore was arrested today after members of the police Quick Response Team rushed him as a police helicopter diverted his attention.

The suspect was not immediately identified. He was arrested at 1:11 p.m. at the cemetery in the 3400 block of Frederick Ave. No shots were fired, police said.

The incident began about 10:30 a.m. when a man drove a car onto the cemetery grounds, pulled a handgun and told workers, "You do not belong here, this is sacred grounds. Get out."

No shots were fired and the workers fled unharmed. The man drove to the two-story caretaker's house and barricaded himself inside.

Within minutes members of the city police Quick Response Team and police negotiators, as well as scores of police officers, PTC surrounded the house.

Police said the house had no telephone, but negotiators used a bullhorn to talk to the man and shouted to him as they neared the house.

The man did not communicate with the officers but was seen at various windows and a door of the house, police said.

Frederick Avenue and Old Frederick Road were closed to traffic during the incident.

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