Police have arrested a suspect in a Glen Burnie shooting Monday after the armed man barricaded himself in his apartment most of the day.
Anne Arundel County police had negotiators try to get the man to surrender, said Lt. Ryan Frashure, police spokesman. Police have not yet identified the man.
“Everyone’s safety is paramount to us,” Frashure said, including residents of the apartment complex, officers and the suspect.
When negotiations failed, Special Operations Response Team officers entered the man’s apartment and took him into custody, Frashure said.
After the man was taken into custody the scene was turned over to homicide detectives, Frashure said. They couldn’t begin their investigation until the man was taken into custody.
As children from a Glen Burnie apartment complex were leaving for school Monday morning, Anne Arundel County police were surrounding the buildings with guns as they searched for the suspect.
Officers were searching for a white man in the area of the 100 block of Virginia Lane, the location of the Colonial Square Apartments. Police closed Oakwood Road directly across from Granite Baptist Church but police said around 5 p.m. they had plans to reopen the road.
“We’re fairly confident we have him in a certain area,” Sgt. Jackie Davis, police spokeswoman, said early Monday.
Members of SORT ran into a building just before 10 a.m. Three loud noises emanated from the building roughly 10 minutes after the team, which uses special weapons and tactics in violent settings, approached. Davis said the loud noises were sounds from police clearing out the building and knocking down doors.
There were multiple calls for a shooting inside the Colonial Square Apartment complex at 7:10 a.m., Davis said.
Officers found one man dead at the scene, Davis added.
Police responded to Virginia Lane off Oakwood Road and asked people avoid the area.
Davron Hinton, who lives in Colonial Square Apartments, said he saw police at the apartment complex around 7:40 a.m. as he was leaving to walk his children to Woodside Elementary School. He said he hadn’t heard any gunshots.
Hinton said the apartment complex is U-shaped. When he walked his children out, police had rifles drawn toward the building.
At the nearby elementary school “they were all in a complete panic,” Hinton said. “Teachers were out on the sidewalk” trying to usher kids into the school just down the road.
Public Schools Spokesman Bob Mosier said no schools in the area were on lockdown Monday morning. Oakwood Elementary and Woodside Elementary, he said, are keeping children inside as a precaution. He said public schools have been in contact with police all morning.
Police evacuated people who were in the complex all morning and took them to Granite Baptist Church, where there was food and space indoors for them.
Sharon Todd, whose mother Helen Larkins, 83, was evacuated from the apartment complex, said her mom was rattled after seeing police officers right outside her window.
Hinton said there hadn’t been a shooting at the apartment complex in the four years he’d lived there. Cars get broken into somewhat frequently, he said, and when he gets home after getting off work at around midnight every day there are usually a bunch of people loitering.
There have been four homicides in the county previous to the shooting reported Monday. No homicides have been reported in the City of Annapolis.
Davis said police do not believe this homicide is related to a double homicide that happened recently about a mile away in Glen Burnie.