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Dundalk man charged with attempted murder after barricading self in house over grilled cheese dispute

A Dundalk man fired a shot inside his home over a grilled cheese sandwich, police said.

A Dundalk man was taken into custody Sunday following an hours-long standoff with police that began when his wife took a bite from his grilled cheese sandwich, police said.

The incident began around 5 p.m. in the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St. The man's wife told police she had been making dinner in the kitchen when her husband fired a shot up through the floor while he was in the basement. The man, identified Monday as Daniel Brian Blackwell, 55, was angry at her because she had taken a bite from his grilled cheese sandwich, police said.

The wife went into the basement, where she saw Blackwell surrounded by guns and ammo, according to police. He briefly came upstairs, then went back into the basement and fired three more shots up through the basement floor, near where the wife was standing, police said.

The woman fled the house along with three teenagers, and police tactical teams responded. Blackwell, who was wearing a holster of ammunition around his waist, surrendered around 8:30 p.m., police said. Officers subdued him with pepper balls and was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Police later found a loaded, lever-action long gun with a chambered round placed just inside the front door. Police said he is in custody at a hospital pending an emergency evaluation.

Blackwell was charged with first and second-degree attempted murder and related charges. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

Police said Blackwell is not legally allowed to own guns because of prior assault convictions. Fifteen guns, four of them loaded, were found inside the home, police said.

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