Two barricade situations were reported last night and early today in Howard County, one in which in shots were fired from a house when a woman and a police officer attempted to retrieve some of her belongings from the home.
Police said the latest incident occurred about 12:40 a.m. today at a house in the 16300 block of Newport Road, in the Mount Airy area near the Carroll County line.
As the woman, her father and the officer approached the house, several shots were fired from inside, police said. No one was wounded. The three retreated and additional county officers as well as state troopers responded.
Police made phone contact with the gunman and after a brief time Ronald Hoover, 33, of the Newport Road address, came out of the house.
Hoover was taken to the Howard County Detention Center. Charges against him were not immediately disclosed.
About two hours earlier, police had been called to a house in the Glenwood area for a report of an alleged suicidal suspect.
As officers were responding to the house in the 2000 block of Md. 97, other officers contacted the suspect by telephone and learned he was armed and intended to harm himself.
When police and negotiators arrived, the man suddenly ran out of the house, jumped into a car and led police on a nine-minute chase.
The car was finally stopped and the driver, James Balsinger, 43, of the Glenwood address, was taken to Howard County General Hospital in Columbia for evaluation.
L Motor vehicle and criminal charges are pending, police said.