Brothers arrested after standoff

January 25, 2002|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police ended a nine-hour standoff with two Essex brothers wanted on assault charges by firing tear gas into their home early yesterday.

Michael and Norman Pillsbury of the 1500 block of Williams Ave. were arrested.

Officers went to the house at 4 p.m. Wednesday to serve arrest warrants on two men, but they refused to surrender, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman. Police were trying to serve the warrants in an alleged assault with a weapon on the weekend, she said.

Warehime said two men answered the door with a pit bull terrier and taunted police, shouting and gesturing to them to come inside. The tactical unit was called and negotiations began, she said.

The men emerged from the house about 1 a.m. yesterday after officers fired rounds of tear gas. Police recovered a shotgun and .38 caliber handgun, Warehime said.

Michael John Pillsbury, 35, was charged with two counts of assault and one each of handgun use and second-degree assault from the weekend incident. He was being held at Essex Precinct without bail on those charges. He is charged with illegal possession of a firearm in the incident Wednesday with bail set at $100,000 on that count.

Norman Pillsbury, 31, was charged with two counts of assault in the weekend incident and using a weapon with intent to injure. He also is being held without bail at Essex, Warehime said.

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