Forest Hill Barricade Ends in Arrest

(Forest Hill, MD – July 12, 2008) A barricade ended this morning with the arrest of Thomas Pryor, 39 of Forest Hill MD, following the circumstances that occurred in the 2200 block of Rock Spring Road. Beginning around midnight and concluding just before 4:30am, the incident was brought under control by Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies with the removal of Pryor from the home. Thomas Pryor was placed under arrest and transported to the Harford County Detention Center after his review and release from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

Shortly before midnight, Pryor’s wife, Christine Pryor, contacted her mother in law by phone to let her know that Thomas Pryor was suicidal and had possession of a gun. When his mother arrived at the scene she discovered her son with a rifle in his hand pointed at himself. She was able to talk her son into handing her the rifle, but he left the room and returned with a hand gun. After firing two shots into the back yard, his mother was able to wrestle the hand gun from him and gained control of the weapon. His wife secured the gun and Pryor appeared to have calmed down. A brief period later, two more shots rang out and a struggle ensued between Pryor and his wife, while she wrestle another gun away from Pryor, as he made an yet another attempt on his life.

Deputies responded to the home, where they met Pryor’s mother, Deborah Pryor of Bel Air, in the driveway and transported her to a safe location. Knowing both Thomas and Christine Pryor to still be in the residence with more firearms, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Special Response Team (SRT) were called to the scene. Unable to get a response from Christine Pryor in the home, the SRT team made entry in the residence moments after 4:00am. They were able to place Thomas Pryor into custody without further incident just before 4:30am.

After his initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner, Pryor was released on his own recognizance from the Harford County Detention Center. He is charged with two counts Domestic 1st and 2nd degree assault with a trial date pending.

News Release

July 12, 2008


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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