Man, 44, surrenders after standoff with police Gamber confrontation ends after 4 1/2 hours

September 04, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 44-year-old Gamber man, believed to be despondent and armed, surrendered peacefully to state police yesterday about 4 1/2 hours after he locked himself in his home alone, authorities said.

The man, who was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for evaluation, was not named because he has not been charged with a crime, said Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

A friend of the man called the Westminster barracks at 11 a.m. to report that he was despondent and threatening his own life, Shipley said.

Troopers responded, sealed off the area, and called the STATE (Special Tactical Assault Team Element) and hostage negotiators to the scene.

Route 91 between Deer Park Road and Old Gamber Road was closed, and traffic was rerouted with assistance from state highway workers after police learned the man might be armed, Shipley said.

Several calls were made to the man, but he hung up, so negotiators used an armored vehicle to move close to the house and repeatedly called to him over a public-address system, Shipley said.

"At that point, the suspect walked out and surrendered about 3: 30 p.m.," Shipley said.

Shipley said it was unclear if a weapon was recovered.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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