Harford man taken to hospital after suicide threat

March 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An armed Harford County man threatening suicide barricaded himself in his home for three hours yesterday before giving up.

The 62-year-old man, who was not identified by officials, was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital shortly before noon for a psychiatric evaluation, said Lt. Edward Hopkins of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

He said officials believe the man is in failing health and might have been intoxicated.

The man's wife called 911 about 8:20 a.m., saying that her husband wanted to kill himself. While she was on the telephone, the man fired a shot to demonstrate that the weapon he was carrying was loaded, Hopkins said.

More than 40 deputies, rescue workers and other officials rushed to the home in the 2500 block of Lincrest Road near Joppa.

Hopkins said the woman left the house unharmed.

Residents of three homes were evacuated; a fourth family decided not to leave, Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the man voluntarily left the house about 11:30 a.m. No charges were filed yesterday.

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