Man holds police at bay for 7 hours after firing gun


An Odenton man fired a gun into his back yard during a fight with his wife late Thursday, locked himself in his house and held out for seven hours against police trying to roust him with talk and tear gas, county police said.

No one was injured in the standoff, which ended after three canisters of tear gas were fired into the house. Charles N. Roberts, 38, of the 600 block of Cadbury Drive, was taken to

North Arundel Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. He is facing second-degree assault and gun charges, police said.

They got a call at 10: 30 p.m. from a woman who said her husband had slapped her, pulled out a gun and fired a shotgun out the bedroom window.

Officers went to the Cadbury Drive house and rescued the woman, her parents and four children before the man locked himself in.

The SWAT team and a negotiator were called, and neighbors were evacuated from four surrounding homes, police said.

Officers cordoned off a five-block radius around the house and made calls to the man all night. They said he would get on the phone, but hang up. During the negotiations, police said they heard gunfire in the house twice.

About 3 a.m. yesterday, police fired tear gas into the house. The first time, the man ran to a window and seemed unaffected. A second firing didn't work. A third canister fired shortly before 6 a.m. brought the man out, police said.

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