Sykesville man charged with assault on police after nine-hour standoff

61-year-old resident barricaded himself inside home

August 13, 2010|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

A 61-year-old man is being charged with assault and reckless endangerment of two Maryland State Police troopers who say he discharged a gun when they went to his house in Sykesville.

The incident occurred on Thursday after a sibling of John A. Payne called police to ask that a trooper check on him at his home on the 900 block of Streaker Road. When the two troopers arrived and tried to make contact with Payne, they heard shots from inside the house. It became apparent that Payne had barricaded himself inside.

After a tense standoff that lasted nine hours and brought the neighborhood around his home to a halt, Payne emerged and surrendered. He was uninjured.

A warrant issued Friday charges Payne with two counts of first-degree assault and two of reckless endangerment. The warrant had not yet been served Friday afternoon because Payne was still being evaluated at the Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

Elena Russo, a spokeswoman for the state police, said it was likely that Payne would be arrested and charged as soon as is released from the hospital.

The standoff on Thursday was resolved after "multiple attempts" by hostage negotiators, according to an account from the police. A perimeter was set up and Streaker Road was closed from Route 97 to Route 94. A large contingent of law enforcement officers, firefighters and equipment was mobilized, including some from the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department and deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

A search of the house showed no one else inside.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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