- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2007

A Largo man yesterday shot at his girlfriend during a domestic dispute, prompting a police response and a six-hour standoff after the man locked himself inside his town house with a 3-year-old girl, authorities said.

Police were called to the house at about 7 a.m., after neighbors said they heard gunshots in the 9000 block of Lake Largo Drive.

Officers found a woman, later described as the man’s girlfriend, and two pre-teen boys in boxer shorts, huddled in a small park about 100 yards from the woman’s town house.

“She claimed she had heard a gunshot,” said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman.

The woman told police that when the man entered the town house, she and the boys ran out. The man, who reportedly had a gun, followed them outside and fired a shot in their direction, the woman said. No one was hit. Then the man returned to the town house, where a 3-year-old girl was still inside.

Police negotiators and an emergency response team communicated with the man for more than six hours.

A neighbor, who declined to be identified, said the man went back into the garage and closed the door. Minutes later, police arrived and took secure positions around the town house. Soon, they set up loudspeakers to urge the man to surrender.

“The police were asking him to come out,” the neighbor said. “Eventually, he came out of the garage. He was carrying the little girl.”

At about 1:15 p.m., the garage door of the town house opened, revealing a green Cadillac and a man with a little girl in his arms.

“He came out of his own volition,” said Prince George’s Police Capt. Chris Cotillo. “The suspect walked out with a baby in his arms. He had no weapon.”

The neighbor said the couple had lived in the three-story town house about two months.

“This is like their second big fight,” the neighbor said. “I heard what I thought were firecrackers. She and the two kids ran out and up to the courtyard. He came after them.”

She said she had heard them shouting at each other a couple times during the last two weeks and that she could hear the woman crying yesterday morning.

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