Shots were fired Tuesday morning after a Harford County man had been holding his wife hostage in her SUV since Monday night. The woman’s mother filed a missing persons report for her daughter after she failed to hear from her Monday following errands that she was running. The mother became concerned for her daughter’s safety and told police that her daughter and son-in-law had a history of domestic violence. She told police that she thought they were together Monday. The woman’s mother tried checking locations where she knew her daughter was supposed to go but learned she had never shown to any of the locations.
Using the On Star navigation system in the SUV, detectives were able to locate the vehicle across from the Cedar Lane Sports Complex on a dirt road off of Cedar Lane. The couple was located inside the vehicle and the woman yelled that her husband had a gun is his possession. When deputies attempted to approach the vehicle, the husband told them to stay away. Law enforcement then backed away from the vehicle and called in a crisis negotiaor as well as tactical teams. According to Ed Hopkins, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, after the wife called her family to say goodbye upon her husband’s orders, an assault was initiated by police on the vehicle. Shots were fired after 9a.m., however it is still unclear as to who shot first.
When police approached the vehicle, they found the husband dead and his wife suffering a wound in her abdomen. Her condition is presently unknown. Identification is still pending for both victim and suspect. The only information available about the wife is that she is a 28 year-old woman from the Bel Air area.
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