DENTON — A barricade situation near Denton that had police on scene for several hours on Monday, Jan. 6 has been resolved. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. police advised the subject was taken into custody unharmed.
Police were staged in the 9100 block of Double Hills Road in Denton, where according to Lt. Ron Dixon with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office, an individual had barricaded themselves inside a residence, sometime after 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Police say they were contacted after three adult women who had been inside the residence with the defendant, 35 year old Herbert Dean Walls, were able to safely leave to seek medical treatment.
According to the police, the victims, a woman and her two adult children had been assaulted by Walls Sunday over night into Monday.
Police made contact with the defendant at the residence near 9100 Double Hills Road, but the man refused to cooperate. An arrest warrant obtained, Dixon said, the special weapons response team was called to assist, and after negotiations yielded no results, gas grenades were used to expel the subject from the residence. He surrendered uninjured and no injuries were sustained by law enforcement, noted Dixon. There were no other individuals in the home with the man during his interaction with police.
Walls was charged with three counts of second degree assault and committed pending a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Allied agencies including Talbot and Queen Anne's Sheriff's Departments, Easton and Denton Police Departments, Maryland State Police, Caroline County EMS, and Caroline County Public Works assisted with the incident. The positive outcome from today's incident could not have been achieved without the aid from all involved, said Dixon.
Double Hills Road was blocked in both directions to traffic; and there was at no time a threat to the public, police said.