Laurel man apprehended after six-hour barricade

The Baltimore Sun

Laurel police apprehended last night a 45-year-old man who fired a gun and barricaded himself in his Prince George's County home for nearly six hours.

After Jack Miller Sr. failed to respond to negotiators, Laurel emergency response and SWAT officials used tear gas and Tasers to draw him out, police spokesman Jim Collins said. Miller was alone.

Miller was being taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, Collins said, adding that charges, if any, may depend on the evaluation's outcome.

Miller called 911 at 12:53 p.m. yesterday, saying that someone tried to break into his house and that people were after him. When officers arrived at the town house on the 7600 block of Woodbine Drive, the man did not respond, and neighbors reported hearing up to two gunshots inside the home.

Nearby residents were evacuated to a shelter at Scotch Town Hills Elementary School.

Collins said Miller was seen pacing inside his home. Negotiators tried to communicate with the man through a loudspeaker and other means without success, he said.

About 50 SWAT members and police were on hand.

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