Soldier found dead after 17-hour standoff at Aberdeen Proving Ground

A man who had barricaded himself inside a home on Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County for 17 hours was found dead when responders entered the home Friday afternoon, according to Army officials.

The standoff ended just after 1 a.m. APG Emergency Services, along with other support agencies, entered the home on the Army base and found the man’s body, officials said.


The man was identified as a soldier assigned to Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic at Aberdeen.

Officials said they are withholding his name until his family is notified, and did not immediately release additional information about his death. Officials said the incident remains under investigation.

In a Tweet posted at 1:19 a.m., officials notified some residents of the neighborhood on post where the scene had unfolded they they could return to their homes. Many had left while the barricade was underway, and had gone to stay at area hotels overnight.

The incident started when APG emergency dispatch received a phone call around 8 a.m. Thursday from a concerned family member regarding the man, who officials were told had locked himself inside the residence on APG-North, according to a release.

Aberdeen Proving Ground is located along the Chesapeake Bay. It houses a number of military institutions and military contract employees.

The post includes some housing offered to APG-based personnel.

Baltimore Sun reporter Christina Tkacik contributed to this story