DENTON — Police have taken a suspect into custody after several hours of a stand off in the 24800 block of Woods Drive near Denton. This is the second barricade situation to occur in the same week.

The arrest was made shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Bronson Justin Guzman, age 37 of Denton was taken into custody by police on charges of first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment. According to the police report, shortly before 9 a.m. Guzman brandished a firearm at a public works employee who was working in the area of Williston Road and Pealiquor Road. Guzman fled the scene and barricaded himself in his residence on Woods Drive.

There was no direct threat to the public, police said, however the roadway was closed to traffic between Green Circle and Duffers Dell, and a place of refuge was established inside the Williams Building at the 4-H Park, located at 8230 Detour Road for anyone displaced by the situation.

After several hours of negotiations, Guzman surrendered to the police without further incident. He is being held without bond pending a hearing.

Responding to the incident were Talbot and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s deputies, Easton PD, and Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police, and Caroline County EMS. Additional resources were provided by Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department, Caroline County Public Works Department, Caroline County Board of Education, Denton Public Works, and the Caroline County Commissioners Office.

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