It's one of those cases that could have ended badly, but ended as a relatively minor police incident.
During the Super Bowl on Sunday, a domestic dispute turned violent and police were dispatched to the 900 block of Cedar Crest Court in Edgewood where a man with a shotgun had barricaded himself in his home.
The circumstances could have been regarded as ominous. After an initial confrontation – during which a shot was fired - the suspect, armed with a shotgun and wearing a tactical vest and military fatigues, confronted his girlfriend,.
Police evacuated nearby homes and surrounded the apartment. Within about an hour, the man walked out and was taken into custody.
The man faces serious charges and the neighborhood was subjected to what many probably regarded as an unpleasant interruption of a much-anticipated game. Still, in the grand scheme of things, the conclusion was peaceful and relatively uneventful.
It's worth calling attention to the incident because such things don't always end so peacefully, and Harford County has seen barricade situations end in tragedy. In this case, clearing the area to ensure general public safety and waiting it out paid off.
It would have been easy to try to force the issue, but cooler heads prevailed and the situation was diffused, which served the public good for the neighborhood.