Sheriff’s Office talks suicidal subject down in Wildewood

UPDATE 8/9/2019 12:00 p.m.- On August 8, 2019, at approximately 1:56 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, and troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to the reported armed suicidal subject, located in the area of Locust Ridge Court in California.

Initially, contact was unable to be made with the individual and a barricade was declared.  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team and the Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT) responded to the location.

Crisis negotiators from CINT established contact with the individual and at approximately 7:07 p.m. the individual surrendered to law enforcement and was taken into custody without incident. The individual was transported to an area hospital for an emergency evaluation.


UPDATE 11:00 p.m.- The St. mary’s County Office Nixle alert for the Wildewood Barricade has been deactivated.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle will provide an update IF the Sheriff’s Office releases any more information. Depending on the situation, more information may not be forthcoming,i.e. medical, etc.


UPDATE 3:45 p.m.- The Southern Maryland Chronicle has spoken to Cpl. Julie Yingling, the SMCSO PIO about the situation in Wildewood.

She says that it is a barricade situation and they are asking the residents to stay clear of the area so that the officers can handle it.

Watch for emergency vehicles and officers. Stay clear of the area so that police may handle this situation properly.


California, MD- A NIXLE has been sent out to alert residents to avoid the area of Locust Ridge in Wildewood and near the Wildewood Recreation Center.

There is no word on what the situation is at this time.

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