East Columbia

June 17, 1993

Standoff ends peacefully

A 19-year-old Oakland Mills man armed with a .45-caliber handgun barricaded himself in his home for about five hours yesterday morning until police went inside and took him into custody, county police said.

Jeremy Michael Brandjes of the 5700 block of Thunder Hill Road apparently was despondent and had threatened to kill himself, said police Sgt. Gary L. Gardner. His relationship with his girlfriend ended last week, neighbors said.

The standoff began about 5 a.m. after a friend called police and reported that Mr. Brandjes sounded despondent on the telephone.

About 6 a.m., police said they heard a single gunshot and then another. After trying unsuccessfully to communicate with Mr. Brandjes, police entered the house about 10:30 a.m. and found him asleep in an upstairs bedroom. Officers recovered the handgun, which apparently was taken from a housemate's locked room, police said.

Mr. Brandjes was the only person in the house and there were no injuries, police said. During the standoff, police evacuated three nearby families and rerouted traffic.

Mr. Brandjes was charged with discharging a firearm, endangerment, destruction of property and breaking and entering, police said. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital for emergency psychological evaluation, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Oakland Mills: 9600 block of Basket Ring Road: A $200 26-inch black mountain bike was stolen from in front of an apartment door between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 10.

* Owen Brown: 7000 block of Winter Rose Path: Someone attempted to steal a black Volkswagen Jetta between 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday. The car's owner found that the rear side window of the vehicle had been smashed.

3100 block of Autumn Branch Lane: A 1990 GMC van stolen from Baltimore County on Monday was recovered at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

3700 block of Maryland Ave.: Someone tried to steal a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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