UPDATE:Barricade in Breton Bay

Leonardtown, MD - 5/16/2011

By Ryan DeGruy

The initial call was at 0051 and police responded to  Hawk Drive in Leonardtown. Upon arrival, police saw the subject look out the window at them, but never came out. The subject was stated to have had a psychotic history including setting his house on fire approximately 2 years ago where he was cutting himself upon fire dept. arrival and was threatening them. Additional units continued to arrive with 8 police units on scene for the night along with Leaonardtown's engine 11 and an ambulance. Police were able to make contact with the subject via land line phone and communicated with him on and off through out he night. The only weapon officers were able to discern was what appeared to be a butcher's knife. At about 0411, police began attempting to communicate with the subject via the P.A. system on one of the cruisers with no response from the subject. Upon me clearing the scene, the HRT team was beginning to arrive for a briefing and trooper 7 had been requested to come into the area.


UPDATE: Police Brief

           INCIDENT: Barricade – Currently On going.

Location: Hawk Court, Breton Bay Area, Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Maryland

Date and Time:  05/16/11 @ 0051 Hours

CC#: 11-82-004784

NARRATIVE: On Monday, May 16, 2011 @ approximately 0051 hours, Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to Hawk Court, Breton Bay, Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Maryland for a report of a subject threatening suicide.  Troopers arrived on the scene and attempted to make contact with the subject inside the residence, who refused to answer the door.  MSP STATE and HRT, are on the scene and this investigation is still on going.  Please no phone calls, additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 


 UPDATE: Police Brief

(Leonardtown, MD) – Maryland State Police have successfully rescued a 24-year-old man after barricading himself in his parent’s home since 1:00 a.m. this morning.


     Shortly after 10:00 a.m. today, Blake Oppelt, 24, of the 40,000 block of Hawk Court in Leonardtown, surrendered to state police after multiple attempts made by negotiators from the Hostage Recovery Team and the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E. Team).  Oppelt exited the residence alone with self inflicted injuries. He was immediately taken into police custody and transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical evaluation.


     There was no one else found in the residence.  Oppelt was alone when he barricaded himself in his parent’s home.  No police officers were injured during the incident.


     Shortly before 1:00 a.m. this morning, troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack received a 9-1-1 call from a friend of the Oppelt family, reporting Oppelt inside the home and threatening to harm himself and any police officer attempting to enter the residence.  Troopers and Sheriff Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the single family home in Leonardtown. 


     Responding troopers established a perimeter around the house.  Due to Oppelt’s statements regarding his possession of weapons and explosives, troopers quickly notified nearby residences to evacuate until the situation was resolved.   Area schools were also notified of the incident, but none were in close proximity to the home to be in danger. 


     Police negotiators maintained phone contact with Oppelt, attempting to encourage him to surrender.  Upon several attempts, Oppelt exited the residence.  He surrendered to police with what appeared to be self-inflicted lacerations on his wrists and other parts of his body.  Oppelt was immediately taken into custody and transported to the hospital.    


      The collective expertise of numerous experts in tactical operations and hostage negotiations contributed to accomplishing the overall goal of resolving the situation peacefully.  Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E. Team), negotiators from the Hostage Recovery Team, Sheriff Deputies from the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office, and Trooper 7 from St. Mary’s Aviation Section responded to the home.  Leonardtown Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department also assisted. 


     The St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office has been notified and is working in coordination with the Maryland State Police as the investigation continues.