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Deputies diffuse Edgewood barricade situation during Super Bowl

No one was injured Sunday night when a man barricaded himself inside his Edgewood home, resulting in a police SWAT team being dispatched at the height of the Super Bowl.

David McCracken, 44, of the 900 block of Cedar Crest Court in Edgewood, was being held Tuesday in lieu of $500,000 bail in the Harford County Detention Center, facing several assault and other charges because of Sunday's incident.

Harford County sheriff's deputies were called shortly after 7 p.m. to the 900 block of Cedar Crest Court North, off Swallow Crest Drive, for a report of a man with a gun threatening his girlfriend, according to Eddie Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

A woman, Kelly McLhinney, who was in a neighbor's apartment and crying hysterically, told deputies her boyfriend, McCracken, was in their apartment  with a shotgun and he had just fired a round.  She told police he was wearing army fatigues, a tactical vest and had shotgun rounds.

The Sheriff's Office Special Response Team responded and immediately set up a perimeter and attempted to either evacuate nearby residents or shelter them in place as necessary, Hopkins said.

Around 8 p.m., the suspect walked out of the apartment and was taken into custody.

McLhinney told deputies she was in the apartment with McCracken and her brother, who all live together, Hopkins said in a media release issued Monday morning. They were watching the football game when suddenly and for unknown reasons, McCracken allegedly hit her, threw her to the ground and began choking her. She was able to get free and run to her neighbor's apartment, Hopkins said.

A short time passed and McLhinney decided to return to her apartment, where she found McCracken allegedly armed with a shotgun, Hopkins said. She returned to her neighbor's apartment and called police. Deputies said McLhinney had bruises and other marks on her.

McCracken was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and several county ordinance violations, for which his bail was set at $1 million, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was also found to be wanted on an arrest warrant from Baltimore City for driving while his license was suspended and is being held on an additional $2,000 bail.

Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett reduced McCracken's bail from $1million to $500,000 during a hearing on Monday. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and not to return to the address where the incident occurred.

Public defender Bruce Andres said McCracken had been deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo with the military and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Assistant State's Attorney Alison Carver noted the "very serious nature" of the charges in asking that the bail remain as originally set by a court commissioner.

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