UPDATE as of July 6, 5:14 PM - The situation that kept our community at bay since approximately 8:30 AM is now over. The suspect who police had apparently wished to serve with a warrant shot at officers and was subsequently subdued.
A barricade situation ended peacefully Wednesday in Northwest Baltimore.
Shots have been fired during a barricade situation in Northwest Baltimore, and traffic remains diverted around the scene off Reisterstown Road.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, four to five shots were heard from the scene. Police spokesman TJ Smith said those shots were fired by the suspect, who defense attorney Warren Brown identified as Robert Blake. Smith declined to confirm the suspect's name.
"Our primary goal the entire day was to end the situation peacefully," Smith said.
Baltimore officers were aided by reinforcements from Baltimore and Harford counties. The Maryland Transit Administration assisted with buses to evacuate nearby residents.
Sheriff's deputies were trying to serve a warrant on Blake Wednesday morning, when the man implied he had a gun and barricaded himself in his home. Blake allegedly failed to appear on a warrant for charges of harassment and making abusive telephone calls. A hearing on a related peace order was set for Wednesday afternoon, according to online court records.
The situation began around 8:30 a.m. at the home near the county line. Traffic was diverted on Reisterstown Road from Seven Mile Lane in Baltimore County to Reisterstown Road Plaza.
UPDATE as of July 6, 3:35 PM – Homeowners in the area were, for a brief period, permitted to leave their homes while the Baltimore Police continue to try and talk the suspected hostage taker to come out peacefully. Saga still unfolding…
Kudos to Baltimore Police Department for their amazing work
UPDATE: July 6, 12:00 PM - Police send phone message to homeowners in area requesting they shelter in place and stay away or below window level
UPDATE: July 6, 9:52 AM - From Baltimore Police Captain Yerg:
We have an individual barricaded in his house in the 6900 block of Reisterstown, the house is secure. No exterior threat at this time.
Seven Mile Lane now open but backed up.
Photo & Video Credit: Mosi Treuhaft
Video surveying the area
UPDATE: July 6, 9:31 AM - Reisterstown shut down between Plaza and Seven Mile Lane
Baltimore, MD - July 6, 2016 - 9:05 AM - Currently the traffic on Reisterstown Road is awful. There is a multi police car barricade.
Closed from Fallstaff Shopping Center till Fallstaff.
Traffic going north is being re-routed through Shopping Center back to Reisterstown South.
Traffic going south is being sent down Seven Mile Lane or Fallstaff Road.
Traffic on Fallstaff Road is stopped at Dorset Place.
Advise turning off of Reisterstown South by Slade Avenue to avoid backed up traffic.