High Drama Fizzles in Compton

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High Drama Fizzles in Compton

COMPTON - 12/2/2008

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Police received a phone call from a female at approximately 10:12 p.m. on Dec. 1, that her son had been shot. Both St. Mary’s and MSP arrived on the scene at approximately 10:20 p.m. and made an attempt to talk with the woman. At the time, a woman could be seen in the house holding a weapon.

At 10:28 p.m., the woman pointed the weapon at police and told them that she only wanted the state police there and that they needed to go up the hill because that is where the incident happened. Police began to have doubts about the viability of the call. Still, a barricade situation was declared and the scene became highly charged and the situation intensified.

By 11:00 p.m., police had talked with family members on the scene who reported that the woman had guns and that they were probably loaded. However, the family members stated that they doubted if the woman knew how to use the weapons and that she talked to and about “imaginary friends.”

Police then began evacuating nearby homes in anticipation of the arrival of the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element. S.T.A.T.E. was to arrive on the scene at about 11:50 p.m. The special unit is based in Cecil County.

Police continued to try to communicate with the woman via telephone, but she would answer and immediately hang up, further frustrating the situation. At 11:35 p.m., police put a family member on the PA to try to talk to the woman. That effort failed as well.

At midnight, the woman was again seen holding a weapon looking out the window. The responding units contacted the States Attorney, who, after evaluating the situation told police that there was no crime and as such a barricade situation was not warranted. Police began to pull back from the scene. By 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 2, all units were gone and the scene quiet.

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