Grilled-Cheese Sandwich Dispute Incites Barricade Standoff in Dundalk

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Yesterday, someone at a home in Dundalk took a bite out of a grilled cheese sandwich that was not theirs, setting off a terrible evening for one family.

Baltimore County police officers responded last night to a report of a domestic dispute at a home on E. Baltimore Street. Police said today that a woman and three teenagers were outside when they got there around 4:50 p.m.

For several hours, the man, identified today as 55-year-old Daniel Brian Blackwell, barricaded himself inside, creating a tense standoff that led authorities to close down a section of North Point Boulevard and call in tactical and K-9 units. They also told neighbors to stay indoors where they were safe. After three hours, police got Blackwell to step out on the porch, where they hit him with a pepper-spray bullet to subdue him.

Investigators later pieced together the events that inspired the violent confrontation: Blackwell was in his basement with a bunch of guns he illegally owned while his wife was making dinner upstairs. After she took a bite out of the grilled-cheese sandwich she made him, he fired a shot at her through the floor, according to police. Apparently that didn’t scare her away, because authorities say she went back down to check on him. When she went back to the kitchen, he shot at her three more times through the floor. It was only then that Blackwell’s wife and three teenagers in the house decided to run outside to safety.

Once police had Blackwell in custody, officers searched the house and found three handguns and 12 long guns. Blackwell wasn’t allowed to own any of them due to prior assault convictions, police said.

 

Blackwell has been charged with attempted first- and second- degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and various firearms violations — all because of what began as an argument over a sandwich.

This story has been updated.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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