Maryland State Police

KENNEDYVILLE — A man who barricaded himself in a bedroom while threatening to take his life Sunday morning surrendered to police several hours later without incident.

The 32-year-old man was transported to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown for an emergency psychological evaluation, according to Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police.

Four other occupants of the house, including three children, were unharmed, according to police.

Troopers from the Centreville barrack were dispatched at about 2:30 a.m. to the 11000-block of Augustine Herman Highway in Kennedyville for a “domestic disturbance,” according to a news release from the barrack.

They determined the incident to be a verbal argument, Shipley said in an email to the Kent County News. ”The situation was calmed down and there were no injuries,” he wrote in the email.

Troopers left the scene at 3 a.m.

Less than an hour later, troopers were dispatched to the home again after the man was threatening suicide and had barricaded himself in a bedroom, Shipley said.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

Sheriff John Price said the man’s wife met with troopers and deputies outside of the house upon their arrival. A 12-year-old boy came out of the house on his own about an hour later, according to Price.

After that, deputies and troopers went into the house and safely removed two younger children without incident, Price said.

“Once this was accomplished, KCSO units cleared and the situation was handled by MSP. We had no other involvement,” Price said in a text message Monday.

Among the responders was the state police Special Tactical Assault Team Element.

Shipley said only the man was still in the house when the full tactical team arrived. The man was threatening suicide with a knife. There also was a gun in the house.

The man, whom police did not identify, surrendered to state troopers without incident shortly before 9:30 a.m.

No shots were fired.

Troopers recovered a shotgun, ammunition and two knives in the house, according to Shipley.

On Monday in the District Court for Kent County, Judge James C. McKinney granted an extreme risk protection order. An ERPO, also known as a gun violence restraining order, allows family members or police to petition the court to restrict an individual’s access to firearms.

Currently, no criminal charges have been filed.

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