Standoff ends with man jumping from third floor
Suicidal subject expected to survive fall
A four-hour standoff with a suicidal subject ended with the man jumping from the window of his third-floor apartment on Monday.
The 49-year-old man is in serious condition, but is expected to survive, according to Baltimore County Police spokesperson Ofc. Jennifer Peach.
Police responded to a call of a suicidal subject just after 2 p.m. on Monday. The man lived in an apartment on Shipping Place in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
When the first officer arrived, the man was hanging out the window of his apartment overlooking Commerce Street. He reportedly complained about the ventilation in his building and talked about detonating a bomb.
During the often-bizarre standoff, the man threw a plastic bag out the window and cautioned police it would explode, according to Ofc. Peach. He also warned onlookers to put out their cigarettes, saying there was a gas leak.
At one point, the man displayed a box which emitted an tone audible to police. The man said once the tone stopped, the box would explode.
The man eventually placed the box back inside his apartment. There was no explosion.
The subject threatened to jump out of his window if officers entered his apartment. Due to the bomb threats, the Baltimore County Police Tactical unit eventually responded to the scene.
Around 4:30 p.m. during the standoff, the subject began throwing the contents of his apartment out the window: clothing, furniture, blankets, papers, etc.
Just before 6 p.m., without warning, the man jumped from the window and onto the pile of his belongings on the ground below. Police believe that helped him survive the fall.
Charges will probably not be filed, Ofc. Peach said. The man will likely receive an emergency evaluation, and if he is judged to be a danger to himself or the community, will be committed to Shepherd Pratt Hospital.
No evidence of a bomb or any other weapon was found at the scene.
Debris accumulates on the ground below an apartment overlooking Commerce Street as a man described as a suicidal subject began tossing his belongings out of the third-floor window during a four-hour standoff with police.