Barricade Incident Ends with Arrest

(Bel Air, Md. – February 3, 2006) — A barricade situation following a domestic dispute ended with the successful apprehension of a 40 year-old Joppa man. Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Michael Keith Kelly, Sr., of 545 Trimble Road in Joppa, at approximately 9:20 a.m. Friday morning. Kelly’s arrest brought to closure a standoff with police, which began at approximately 1:00 a.m. today.

No serious injuries were reported.

Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Kelly residence at approximately 1:00 a.m. for a reported domestic assault. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found Kelly’s ex-wife Ruth Ann Falloni, 38 and three children, ages 12 to 17 in the front yard. Deputies were advised that Kelly had allegedly assaulted Falloni and the children, and threatened to kill them. The four victims escaped from the one-story wood frame home by breaking a basement window and then crawling to safety.

Shortly before 2:00 a.m., Kelly exited the home through the front door with a rifle and made threatening gestures before retreating back into the home.

Members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team secured a perimeter around the home to prevent Kelly’s escape. During the course of the morning, the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiating Team communicated with Kelly and attempt to get him to voluntarily surrender. Shortly before 7:00 a.m., after Kelly did not respond to several attempts to contact him, several 37 mm rounds of chemical agent were discharged into the residence. Following introduction of the chemical agent into the home, Kelly still did not respond to calls from sheriff’s deputies and did not surrender.

Finally, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Special Response Team made a forced entry into the home through a side door. Following their entry to the residence, the Special Response Team conducted a room-by-room search for the suspect. Kelly was found hiding in a secluded area of the attic and was arrested at gunpoint.

Kelly has been charged with three counts of assault in the second degree. If convicted on the charges, Kelly could face imprisonment not to exceed 10 years or a fine not exceeding $2,500 or both on each of the charges. Kelly is currently being held in the Harford County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Press Release

February 03, 2006