A member of the Harford County Special Response Team shot and killed a man who barricaded himself in a Havre de Grace apartment Saturday, according to a statement from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Austin Francis Jones, 34, of Havre de Grace, was "possibly armed and holding someone against their will," according to a statement the Harford County Sheriff's Office issued Sunday.
Havre de Grace police said they were called to the 700 block of Erie Street around 4:20 p.m. Saturday for a reported fight, when neighbors directed them to a home where Jones had reportedly barricaded himself in a room.
"Initial information provided to officers was that the suspect had a protective order against him stemming from an earlier incident with a female who resided at the location" on Erie Street and that he had a firearm, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office is handling the investigation since its tactical and crisis negotiation teams were called in for support.
Jones had taken a hostage, and members of the Harford County Crisis Negotiation Team negotiated the release of that person, according to Cristie Kahler, spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
"As deputies were negotiating with the suspect for his surrender, the Special Response Team [SRT] was prepared to make entry," the sheriff's office reported. The SRT is the Harford County equivalent of SWAT.
"Deputies on the scene witnessed the suspect make an overt gesture with a black object toward the responding officers. He was subsequently shot by a member of the SRT unit," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Jones was pronounced dead at the scene around 7:40 p.m., police said.
According to the sheriff's office, the deputy who fired his weapon is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, and his identity will not be released.