Standoff in Elkridge ends after five hours


An Elkridge man was admitted into a state psychiatric hospital yesterday, a day after he became disorderly while drinking with friends and barricaded himself inside a house with a gun, Howard County police said.

Anton Frank Marx Sr. of the 6400 block of Woodland Forrest Drive surrendered to police negotiators after a five-hour standoff that ended at 4 a.m. yesterday. No one was injured, police said.

Mr. Mason was taken to the Howard County General Hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation yesterday, then taken to Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, police said.

Mr. Marx had not been charged yesterday, police said.

The incident began about 11 p.m. Sunday, when Mr. Marx got into an argument with a girlfriend, said Sgt. Steve Keller, a county police spokesman

Sergeant Keller said the woman and other guests in the home of Mr. Marx's parents in Elkridge were assaulted. The girlfriend's car windshield was smashed.

When the other people followed Mr. Marx outside, police said, he ran back inside the home and locked the doors.

When police arrived minutes later, officers heard a shot inside, where Mr. Marx had access to a rifle and handgun.

At that time, police said, other house guests fled from the home.

The police tactical team and critical incident negotiators were called to the scene and saw Mr. Marx walking with a rifle, Sergeant Keller said.

By 4 a.m., police had talked Mr. Marx into surrendering. Sergeant Keller said officers confiscated ammunition from the home.

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