Palczynski held off authorities in Idaho in 1992, police recall

He surfaced in Gooding after escape from hospital

Standoff In Dundalk

March 19, 2000|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Joseph Palczynski's latest standoff with police has been his longest, but it's not his first.

In 1992, Palczynski surfaced in Gooding, Idaho, after escaping from Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore County. Then Gooding police received a warrant from Maryland for his arrest.

"That's all he was to us, an escapee from the state of Maryland," said Police Chief Paul Brown, one of a dozen law enforcement officers who became involved in trying to coax Palczynski from an apartment and surrender.

A state police SWAT team, the county sheriff's office and most of Gooding's six-member police force participated in the standoff. As officers tried to calm Palczynski, he warned that he was armed and threatened to shoot himself.

Brown said the negotiations went through cycles and swings, as officers waited: "There were times he would lose his cool and have fits of anger."

Sixteen hours after the standoff began, police fired tear gas into the apartment. "When the gas went in, he came out," said Robert Aja, who was sheriff at the time. "He jumped out the window, the officers moved on him and captured him on the ground."

That time, Palczynski's encounter with authorities ended without injury to anyone.

Pub Date: 3/19/00

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