Carroll Co. man killed in standoff

February 19, 1997|By Sheridan Lyons and Anne Haddad | Sheridan Lyons and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

State troopers shot and killed a 33-year-old Woodbine man yesterday after a standoff of more than nine hours during which his parents' Carroll County home burned to the ground and firefighters watched, unable to approach.

The standoff began about 11 p.m. Monday, when fire crews arriving at the house in the 6500 block of Day View Drive found Daniel Edward James standing in front, wearing camouflage gear and carrying a rifle and a shotgun. The fire crews and state troopers who also responded backed off.

James, who paced through the night silhouetted by flames or revealed in helicopter spotlights, never spoke to police negotiators who used a public-address system to try to begin a dialogue, said Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman who arrived at the scene about 1: 30 a.m.

About 8: 30 a.m., James advanced on a group of four troopers stationed in trees at the perimeter of the house and wordlessly raised and fired a shotgun at them, Shipley said.

None of the four was struck by the blast, the spokesman said, but when James refused to lay down the weapon, two of the troopers returned fire with their 40-caliber pistols, striking him in the chest, Shipley said.

After he was shot, James was found to be carrying a rifle, a shotgun, a 24-inch machete and a large survival knife with a brass-knuckle handle, along with dozens of rounds of shotgun and rifle ammunition, Shipley said.

James was pronounced dead at 9: 40 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

His parents were at their winter home in Florida, where another son lives, according to neighbors and the police, but James' father had returned to Maryland by the time the standoff had ended.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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