A 43-year old College Park man, who barricaded himself in his apartment for five hours yesterday, was forced to give up by a special Prince George's police team early today.
Richard Sanders was arrested and charged with discharge of a firearm. Earlier, Sanders had fired 12 shots from his bedroom apartment into hallway and a parking lot. Police said other charges may be pending.
The police team entered the apartment at 1 a.m. through the front door and found Sanders in the bedroom.
Police said the incident began about 8:15 p.m. when neighbors reported hearing gun shots from the eight-story building at 9308 Cherry Hill Rd. No injuries were reported.
Police said the man apparently became upset after talking by phone with his estanged wife, who lives in another section of College Park. The couple, according to police, separated in February. The man had phoned his wife asking for reconciliation, according to police. She turned him down, they said.
The shooting spree began about two hours later, police reported. Sanders, described as an avid hunter, used a rifle and a shotgun to fire the 12 shots, police said.
Authorities said that Sanders was held for formal charging and then sent to Prince George's County hospital for observation