Stand­off ends with man jump­ing from third floor

Sui­ci­dal sub­ject ex­pected to sur­vive fall

The Dundalk Eagle - - NEWS - By BILL GATES [email protected]­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

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.

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