Nanjemoy Man Barricades Himself in House, Threatens Suicide

June 23, 2016 — Nanjemoy, MD —This morning a man barricaded himself in a house in Nanjemoy, in Southern Maryland, threatening to commit suicide. For almost six hours, members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Department attempted to establish contact with the man and convince him to surrender. Around 3:30 pm, deputies were able to resolve the situation, and took the individual into custody without injuries to law enforcement or the man.

UPDATE 5:45 pm: the Charles County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement on Facebook at 5:36 PM that the man “threatened an acquaintance with a shotgun” and that members of CCSO Emergency Services Team and conflict negotiators responded to the scene.

The department would only identify him as a man in his mid-40's, as he has not been charged with a crime at this time.

According to department spokesperson Diane Richardson, earlier in the day the man told family members that he would kill himself if anyone came near him and then locked himself alone in the house. His family members then alerted authorities.

A Charles County Sheriff’s Department mobile command center stationed in the parking lot of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Nanjemoy, Maryland, June 23, 2016. [Anthony Clark]

There were unconfirmed reports by local residents on the scene that the man shot and hit a law enforcement vehicle, and later shot at deputies as they approached the house to communicate with him; officials on the scene, however, emphatically stated that no firearms were discharged during the incident.

One resident, who declined to be identified, suggested that the man had been under the influence of PCP, or phencyclidine, a hallucinogen. Another resident, who also declined to be identified, said that the man in the house was armed with several high-powered rifles.

Richardson could not confirm the PCP report at this time, but did say that deputies on the scene were aware that the man had several firearms, and that officials were in touch with the man’s family throughout the situation, adding that they have “a lot of background” on him.

A deputy turns back a motorist at the roadblock in front of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Nanjemoy, Maryland, June 23, 2016. [Anthony Clark]

Deputies set up roadblocks along a 1.4-mile stretch of Ironsides Road, between Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School and Route 6. No other through streets intersect with Ironsides Road along that stretch, in the wooded, rural area along the Nanjemoy Creek, about 25 minutes east of La Plata, and one hour south of Washington, DC. Richardson said that the long cordon was placed out of “an abundance of caution.”

The 1.4-mile stretch along Ironsides Road in Nanjemoy, Maryland, between the roadblocks set up by the Charles County Sheriff’s Department on June 23, 2016. [Courtesy Google Maps]

Residents who live between the roadblocks and who tried to return to their residences waited in the school parking lot, near the mobile command post. The school closed for the summer last week.

After deputies resolved the incident, they cleared the roadblocks, and officials confirmed that the man was in custody.

The Sheriff’s Department could not say at this time whether the man would be brought to a hospital for an evaluation, or taken to Charles County Detention.

A tactical vehicle in the parking lot of the Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Nanjemoy, Maryland, June 23, 2016, after the standoff was resolved peacefully. [Anthony Clark]