9 1/2 -hour standoff ends alleged gunman not home SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

March 08, 1993

Nine and a half hours after a woman told police her husband had barricaded himself in their Eldersburg home with several guns, a police assault team entered the home -- only to discover the man had left, Sgt. Roger Meeks of the Westminster state police barracks said.

"He must have left just after his wife," said Sergeant Meeks, who added that no weapons were found in the home.

A woman called the police after she and three children left the home in the 6600 block of Ridge Road about 3:24 p.m. Saturday, Sergeant Meeks said.

Police evacuated residents of several nearby homes. Hostage negotiators were called at 7:15 Saturday and arrived at about 8:15 p.m.

Sergeant Meeks said a six-person special tactical assault team entered the home about 1 a.m. yesterday because they feared the man might be suicidal.

Police know where the man is, Sergeant Meeks said yesterday. No charges had been filed yesterday.

Sergeant Meeks said the man had been reported despondent following a domestic dispute.

Neighbors who had evacuated were allowed to return about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, Sergeant Meeks said.


* Eldersburg: Winfield responded to wires down on White Rock Road at 11:49 a.m. Saturday. Units were out for an hour.

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