Must be one hell of a grilled cheese sandwich for someone to end up behind bars!
55-year-old Daniel Brian Blackwell of Dundalk, Maryland, probably won’t eat any grilled cheese sandwiches for a long time, since he’s been officially charged with attempted first and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and various firearms violations.
According to Fox 45 Baltimore, Blackwell barricaded himself in his home on East Baltimore Street between Northpoint Road and Eastbrook Avenue for several hours. Officials learned the suspect was in the home with his wife and daughter and become enraged when one of the ladies took a bite of his grilled cheese sandwich.
Via Fox 45 Baltimore:
Police seized a large amount of ammunition, gun accessories, three handguns and 12 long guns including the following:
• Remington .44 Magnum rifle (loaded)
• Ruger .357 Magnum revolver (loaded)
• Springfield .45 ACP (loaded)
• Remington 1187 12-gauge shotgun (loaded)
• Ruger Airhawk pellet rifle
• Traditions hunter rifle .50 cal
• Mossberg .22 cal rifle
• Winchester 94 AE 30-30 rifle
• Mossberg .22 rifle
• Winchester .370 20-gauge shotgun
• Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun
• Winchester 270 rifle
• Ruger S7W .40 cal pistol
• Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun
Shortly after 4:45 p.m. officers were dispatched to the home for a report of a domestic disturbance involving a gun. Blackwell’s wife told police that her husband shot at her through the basement floor after “he became angry when she took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich.”
She said the first shot was fired when she was in the kitchen making dinner. She reportedly went to the basement to check on Blackwell and found him surrounded by guns and ammunition and went back upstairs. Blackwell then came upstairs, but quickly went back down to the basement.
His wife then heard three more gunshots, and projectiles came through the kitchen floor near where she was standing. She and three teenagers fled and met officers waiting outside.
Police, K-9 units and hostage negotiation team members were engaged in a standoff with Blackwell for about three hours. It ended when Blackwell, who was wearing a holster of ammunition around his waist but was not carrying a weapon, walked out on the porch. This let officers to use less lethal means (pepper balls) to shoot him and bring him into custody. The incident was captured by body cameras and will be reviewed as the investigation continues.
Police later found a loaded, lever-action long gun with a chambered round reportedly placed just inside the front door.
Blackwell was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He remains in police custody in the hospital.