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Suicidal Threat Brings Police Emergency Response to Clarksburg Neighborhood



A Clarksburg elementary school was put into “Shelter Mode” Friday morning after Montgomery County Police received reports of a suicidal man in his home had a weapon.

Members of the Montgomery County Police Emergency Response Team captured an allegedly suicidal man, suspected of having a gun, as he exited his townhouse on Sugarloaf Chapel Drive in Clarksburg. The man was transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Montgomery County Police were called to the 112900 block of Sugarloaf Chapel Drive in Clarksburg for the report of a man who had made suicidal statements shortly before 9:00 am on Friday, Nov. 17, according to 5th District Commander, Capt. Mark Plazinski. He said that the call required a Police Emergency Response Team, which includes members of the SWAT team.

Police radio transmissions from that time spoke of a man with a gun to his head. As the call developed, police created a perimeter around the area, as the Emergency Response Team staged at nearby Cedarbrook Community Church at the intersection of Stringtown Road and Snowden Farm Parkway.

At the same time Little Bennett Elementary School, which is at the north end of Sugarloaf Chapel Drive was put into Shelter Mode after receiving notification from the police department, according to MCPS spokesman Derek Turner.

The unidentified man was taken into custody at about 9:40 am, and the incident was cleared. Police sources say that the man did not have a weapon when he was taken into custody, two guns were found in the basement of the townhouse once police were able to search the location. It is not known if the guns belonged to the suspect.

Little Bennett Elementary School was take off Shelter Mode at about 9:50 am, according to Turner.

File photo by Germantown Pulse.


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