A barricade in Woodlawn ended around 11 p.m. Wednesday without incident and with a man in custody, Baltimore County Police Detective Robert Reason said.
County police negotiators were on the scene of a barricade in the 5600 block of Johnnycake Road.
They were called to the block just before 2:40 p.m. for a call of a reported assault, Reason said at about 9 p.m., with a man barricaded inside a home. Reason did not elaborate about how the situation evolved.
The spokesman said he could not say whether a weapon was involved. He also said he did not know whether any individuals were evacuated around the home. However, he said there was no threat to the community.
Negotiators were on the scene, Reason said at the time, and it is an “active investigation.”
Several blocks of the Woodlawn neighborhood were blocked by police cars. Every few minutes, a negotiator could be heard talking through a megaphone, urging the man to come outside.
“We need you to come out. We aren’t going to hurt you,” one voice said.
“Please come to the front door. We want to get this resolved tonight. We’re trying to call your phone to talk to you. You need to answer. ... We’re not going to leave until you come out. We are here to help you.”
Later loved ones were heard through the megaphone telling the man that they care about him and just want to see the situation resolved safely.
“I know you’re tired, man,” a voice said. “It’s been a long night. Just come out. We care about you. Please answer the phone. We want to get you the help you need.”
Then a negotiator was heard again: “Please answer the phone. We want to get you the help you need. ... Come to the front door with nothing in your hand. We will not hurt you. Do it now. Come down the steps and out the front door. Nothing in your hand, and you will not be hurt. Do it now.”
A couple of minutes later a different voice: “Drop the knife. Please drop the knife. Can you please hear what the officers have to say?”
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. there were a lot of pop-pop noises that clearly were not gunshots.
For 15 minutes nobody was heard on the megaphone; then officers moved toward the house around 10:45 p.m. Shortly before 11 p.m. police started to clear out and those in tactical gear were seen packing up.