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Bowie barricade ends with arrest

Matt Zapotosky

Update, 3:50 p.m.:
Police arrested Barnes "without incident" about 2:10 p.m. He was apparently unharmed, and had no hostages with him inside the house.

Update, 12:30 p.m.:

A man wanted for attempted murder drove a car at an officer trying to arrest him Wednesday morning and then fled to a home in Bowie, where he remains barricaded with police outside, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force was trying to arrest the man, whom authorities identified as Brian Barnes, 26, at a home in the 8700 block of Maple Avenue, said Dave Oney, a spokesman for the Marshals service. But when officers arrived at the door at about 10 a.m., Barnes fled the residence, jumped into a car and "tried to run over" one of the task force officers, Oney said. The officer fired at Barnes, but it is not clear if any shots landed.

He eventually fled to a nearby home in the 12000 block of 9th Street, where he remains barricaded. The Prince George's County Police SWAT team has taken over the operation, Oney said.

Oney said the home on 9th Street was occupied when the man ran inside, but the occupants appeared to have escaped. He said it was initially reported that officers heard gunshots trying to serve the arrest warrant, but it is not clear whether the man is armed.

Those gunshots, Oney said, might have been the ones that the officer fired at the man.

Original Post:
The U.S. Marshals and Prince George’s County police have initiated a barricade outside a Bowie home where marshals trying to serve a warrant heard shots Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The marshals were trying to serve a warrant at a home on 9th street at about 10 a.m. when someone heard shots fired, said Dave Oney, a U.S. Marshals spokesman. No one appears to have been hit outside the house.

They called for assistance from their own SWAT team and the Prince George’s County SWAT team, and officers remain on the scene, assuming someone armed is inside the home, Oney said.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  April 21, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
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From the PG County official website:
Prince George's County is "A county of livable communities."

Evidently PG County's definition of "livable" is U.S. Marshalls and a SWAT team barricaded outside a house. Bwaaaahaaaaaaa

Posted by: checkered1 | April 21, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Gas the monkey and call it a day. Stop wasting taxpayer resources on these animals.

Posted by: savethepcbs | April 21, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"Evidently PG County's definition of "livable" is U.S. Marshalls and a SWAT team barricaded outside a house. Bwaaaahaaaaaaa " CHECKERED1 -

Your comments about PG County are always of a negative sence. There is crime and criminals in EVERY jurisdiction, including the one YOU live in.
You need to apply your comments to the immediate issue or individual at hand, or leave no comments at all.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | April 21, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The only happy ending is if the SWAT team storms the house and shoots to kill the scum.

Posted by: jabreal00 | April 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Hlynchmaster:
“Your comments about PG County are always of a negative sence. There is crime and criminals in EVERY jurisdiction, including the one YOU live in”
First learn to use spell check. Second every jurisdiction has crime, however usually their criminal activities are in the community, not inside the police and sheriff departments as we continue to see inside PG county “law enforcement” [oxymoron]. We are now seeing how hypocritical the police are in covering up falsification of documents, lying outright, colluding with others on writing/filing reports, participating in criminal activities and the list goes on. The police throughout the country are out of control because they are the only ones that are believed in court. The citizen no longer is believed within the system that prosecutes them and those that lie are believed beyond the ordinary person when their word is put up against the “law enforcement” person at trial. Cops are hypocrites, liars and criminals and we see every day how pervasive this is within these departments. JJ must have defined "livable community" as he has 24 hour security at the taxpayer expense. What is he worried about?

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 21, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

When in doubt, blame everything on the police. The evil pigs picking on the innocent young men of the community.

This knucklehead is NOT responsible for his actions. Just because he is shooting at the police does NOT mean that the police should shoot at him. Oh no. God forbid!

One question to all the peeps who are sooooo angry at the police. Have you spent any time in the back of a police car or in jail/prison?

Yes, yes. I know you were wrongfully accused & the victim of police brutality, sir.

Next time you're in trouble late at nite why don't you call one of your pals to assist you? I'm sure they will rush over to help you fight the burglars/murderers/gangs/thugs.

Posted by: uncivil | April 21, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

OhBrother67 :

my comments above are not there to support
law enforcement, only to state to some who write here that crime is everywhere.
I agree that across the board, law enforcement, (mainly beat policemen), are taking too much of the law into their own hands. That being said, I think being a police officer in certain parts of this country, has one of the most dangerous jobs there could be. Other than the military, a job that you could go to in the morning and be in the hospital or dead that night.
By the way, no, I did not use spellcheck previously, but looks to me that you understood and got the message, and that is what really matters.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | April 21, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

and I though the U.S. Marshall's were about something. Why would they call P.G. Police for help, I'm surprised P.G. didn't lock up the marshalls. Geez and I didn't use spell check, must be my intellect...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 21, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This is "old bowie" isn't it? i.e., older whites, historic train station with museum and coffee shop, antique store and ice cream parlor next door.

Is that the image these folks have of PG county? Well, that's the part of Bowie.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 21, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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