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Police have taken into custody an armed man who barricaded himself inside a Waldorf home Monday afternoon while threatening to commit suicide.
A woman called 911 around 1 p.m. to report that she had left the home in the 1000 block of St. Paul’s Drive near St. Paul’s Lake but that an armed man in his 20s had barricaded himself inside, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.
Police evacuated the immediate area and established a perimeter, closing off St. Paul’s Drive at both ends of its entrances from St. Charles Parkway and Piney Church Road, she added. Piney Church Road also was closed off between Posten Drive and Billingsley Road.
The barricade and subsequent road closures disrupted regular school bus routes, placing Maurice J. McDonough High School, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Mary B. Neal and Eva Turner elementary schools in shelter-in-place status, Charles County Public Schools announced.
Officers entered the home and took the man into custody around 3:40 p.m., Richardson said.
The school system began taking the four schools off shelter-in-place status immediately, spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson said.
Student dismissals were delayed until the roads reopened, but parents were allowed to pick their children up from each school.
Preliminary information indicates the man rents a room at the house, Richardson said.
Officers reported that the man is a former U.S. Navy corpsman now in the Navy Reserve.