A police standoff with a man believed to be armed inside an East Baltimore home ended after 40 hours Thursday afternoon, with the man taken to a hospital for a medical issue.
Police had been working since Tuesday night to coax the man out of the home, in the 1700 block of E. Chase St., after he reportedly fired a weapon inside. Police and the man’s family members said he was believed to be suffering from a behavioral crisis.
“In our commitment to preserve life, we’re doing everything we can to resolve this peacefully,” police spokesman Donny Moses said Thursday morning.
Chief spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said police and the man’s family had been in communication with him, and he had a medical emergency Thursday afternoon. She described officers’ entry as a “rescue” and said no force was used.
During the negotiations, Eldridge said the police department’s mental health crisis intervention team was involved. That team includes a licensed social worker.
Several blocks in the Eager Park neighborhood just north of Johns Hopkins were cordoned off to “ensure the safety of citizens and law-enforcement personnel.” Units from other jurisdictions helped assist.
Family members of the man stood behind the crime scene tape early Wednesday night and said he was undergoing a mental health crisis.
Onlookers walked by the scene, stopping to stare at the SWAT vehicle parked in the block. Others stopped to offer kind words to family members, who said they’ve been waiting outside since the incident started Tuesday night.