Armed man arrested after four-hour standoff with Baltimore County police in Dundalk

The Baltimore Sun

A Dundalk man who allegedly threatened to shoot himself is facing charges of assault after a standoff Sunday night with Baltimore County police.

Jason John Kassakatis, 50, of the 2400 block of Fairway, was arrested after a four-and-a-half-hour standoff with police. It started about 8 p.m. near Willow Spring Road and Pine Avenue in Dundalk, where Baltimore County police officers were trying to stop the car Kassakatis was driving for stolen tags, police said on Monday.

When officers approached the car, they saw the driver — Kassakatis — was the only one inside.

When Kassakatis got out of the car, he pulled the handgun from his waistband and pointed it in the direction of the police officer who first stopped the car, according to Baltimore County Police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson. The officer couldn't tell at first that Kassakatis was holding a gun, he said. The officer pulled out his own gun but was concerned that children were playing nearby, Vinson said.

Kassakatis "kept telling the officers to shoot him," and when he walked on to Liberty Parkway, he held his gun against himself and was "telling police to shoot him," Vinson said.

Officers set up a perimeter around Kassakatis as he walked away from police.

Police said Kassakatis walked a block down to Kinship Road, still holding the gun to himself and threatening to shoot himself. That’s when officers deployed the tactical and hostage negotiations unit.

Officers asked residents to remain indoors and avoid the area as they negotiated with Kassatakis.

Kassakatis surrendered around 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Police recovered the gun and knife he had. They found another gun in the car he was driving.

Vinson said the car did not belong to Kassakatis and had not been reported stolen.

Kassakatis is charged with first- and second-degree assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, handgun on person, handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia, failure to obey a lawful order, possession of a dangerous weapon and theft under $100.

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