Police use tear gas to remove man barricaded inside city home

August 09, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man who pointed a handgun at police officers during a foot chase in South Baltimore burst into a family's rowhouse and barricaded himself there for several hours last night, police said.

Two adults and a child in the two-story house in the 1300 block of Washington Blvd. escaped after the man, whom they did not know, entered about 5 p.m., police said.

Members of the city's quick response team led him out of the building about 9:30 p.m. after firing several rounds of tear gas into the house.

Authorities said the chase began when police officers recognized the man as having an open domestic violence warrant in Northeast Baltimore. They tried to arrest him, but he fled, police said.

At least two officers chased him for several blocks, said Troy Harris, a police spokesman. It was not clear where the foot chase began.

At one point, the man stopped running, turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, Harris said. Neither the man nor the police officers fired their weapons.

The man spoke with officers by telephone periodically while in the house, and several times said he would leave in 10 minutes.

About 9:15 p.m., police fired at least five rounds of tear gas into the home. Officers wearing gas masks then entered the home and removed him. No weapon had been recovered.

Police identified the man as Shawn Clay, 30, of no fixed address. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of the effects of tear gas. As of late last night, he had not been charged in yesterday's incident.

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