Finksburg man barricaded in his home surrenders

Deputies had tried to serve petition for medical exam

May 28, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Finksburg man who barricaded himself inside his home -- after struggling with deputies who tried to serve him a petition for medical evaluation -- surrendered after a 45-minute standoff yesterday, authorities said.

The man, 48, of the 2400 block of Sandymount Road was not identified by authorities to protect his medical privacy, said Col. Robert Keefer, spokesman for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

The man was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for an emergency evaluation after he walked out of the house at 4: 50 p.m. with one hand in the air.

As instructed by police negotiators, the man held a cellular telephone to his left ear, listening to instructions as he walked out the front door and down the steps to police.

Deputy 1st Class Royce Ruby suffered a minor irritation to the eye from using a chemical spray in attempting to subdue the man while serving the petition, Keefer said.

Ruby, who said he knew weapons were inside the house, took cover behind his patrol car and called for assistance as the man retreated inside.

Deputies and troopers from the Westminster barracks raced to the scene and took up posts around the house to prevent the man's escape. Police waited while officers called the man on the telephone and began negotiating with him.

It was unclear whether the man's mother had been in the house with him, but she was outside the house soon after her son barricaded himself inside. She spoke by telephone to her son during the negotiations, Keefer said.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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