Police persuade armed man to release 2 hostages

November 28, 1995

About 25 Howard County police officers set up a barricade around a North Laurel mobile home Sunday morning, persuading an armed man to release his two children and surrender during eight hours of talks.

The 31-year-old Laurel man, whose name police would not release, was taken to Howard County General Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

He was not charged because he did not harm anyone, but only threatened to kill himself with his handgun, police said.

The incident began about 6:30 a.m. Sunday in a mobile home community on Midway Avenue. Police said the man's wife fled the house after an argument and contacted police.

Officers arrived, told the man to release his two children, ages 3 and 9, then waited while he sat inside with a gun pointed at himself. He ended the standoff at 3 p.m., police said.

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