Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS GALLEY [email protected]­

A GUN nut­ter who sparked a four-hour stand-off with armed po­lice af­ter his wife took a bite out of his CHEESE TOASTIE, is fac­ing mur­der charges.

Po­lice were called af­ter Daniel Black­well, 55 – who is not legally al­lowed to own firearms be­cause of prior con­vic­tions – fired a shot at his mis­sus through the kitchen floor.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived at the fam­ily home, in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, af­ter be­ing called to a ‘do­mes­tic in­ci­dent’.


Black­well’s ter­ri­fied wife Lori, 54, fled the prop­erty with three teens and told cops he had fired four shots at her.

He bar­ri­caded him­self in­side the house, lead­ing to a lengthy stand-off with armed of­fi­cers be­fore a po­lice ne­go­tia­tor was brought in to con­vince Black­well to sur­ren­der peace­fully.

Cpl Shawn Vin­son said: “Ap­par­ently, the man had made a grilled cheese sand­wich and ei­ther the wife or the daugh­ter – one of the fe­males in the house – took a bite of it.

“That en­raged him to the point that he fired shots in the house.”

No-one was harmed in the dis­pute and Black­well was taken to hos­pi­tal for psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion.

He has since been charged with at­tempted first and sec­ond de­gree mur­der, first and sec­ond de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and sev­eral firearms vi­o­la­tions.

A to­tal of 15 guns, four of which were loaded, were re­cov­ered from the house – in­clud­ing a ‘lever-ac­tion long gun’ which was stashed just in­side the front door.

CHARGED: Daniel at­tacked his wife Lori (be­low)

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