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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Armed man dies in Pr. George's house fire

By Allison Klein


A man died after allegedly setting his house on fire during a domestic incident, Prince George's County police said.

Police got a call about 5 p.m. Sunday from a woman who said she was trying to end her relationship with a man and was afraid because he had fired a gun in his basement.

The woman escaped from the home, in the 10000 block of Behun Drive, and the man barricaded himself with several guns, police said.

About 10:30 p.m., he set the basement on fire, police said. Rescue workers found him dead inside shortly after.

Police have not yet released his name.

Armed man reportedly inside house
11:41 p.m.
A house in Prince George's County caught fire late Sunday night while surrounded by police who went there after an armed man was reported inside.

Police said that the house in Cheltenham suddenly began to burn while they were outside, "waiting out" whoever might have been occupyhing it.

Police said they received a report about 5 p.m. that a shot was fired during an argument in the house in the 1000 block of Behun Drive.

Only the possibly-armed man remained in the house when they arrived, police said.
It was not immediately clear what started the fire, or whether anyone remained in the house after it broke out.

-- Martin Weil

By Allison Klein  | March 7, 2011; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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