Police take man in custody after negotiations force apartment evacuation

Posted: March 9, 2014

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER -- Some residents of Preston Place Apartments were evacuated from their homes this afternoon while police negotiated with a reportedly suicidal man.
 
Frederick County sheriff's deputies and state police responded to the complex on Castebridge Court just before 2 p.m. after a man told a crisis line worker that he was going to shoot himself, according to a news release from Frederick County Sheriff's Lt. Donnie Lang.
 
Deputies on the scene said the man was in building 191. Multiple police cruisers were on the scene, as well as an ambulance and an armored vehicle from the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
 
"The subject refused to come out initially at which point, negotiations began with the subject," the release states.
 
It says he was taken into custody without incident shortly after 3:30 p.m.
 
Jennie Charles, who lives one building over, at 201 Castlebridge Court, said police officers told her to stay inside.
 
"[They said] there was somebody inside who was dangerous, that he had a gun, that he was suicidal," she said after the incident was over. "They had people come behind our building. They had people standing there [by the building entrance] so we coudln't come out."
 
Another complex resident, Sam Perez, 17, added, "They had sharp shooters."
 
James Power, who lives in the same building as the man taken into custody, was ordered to leave the building.
 
"They came and knocked on my door and told me I needed to evacuate," he said.

For more details see Monday's Winchester Star.