A Grilled Cheese Sandwich Leads To An Hours-Long Police Standoff

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A man from Baltimore, Maryland was arrested earlier this month after a hours-long standoff with police in the Baltimore suburb of Dundalk. Police were called to a home there after a man spiraled out of control all because of his grilled cheese sandwich. Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Brian Blackwell has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and a whole host of charges related to firearms.


The police report shows that everything started to go wrong when Blackwell's wife took an innocent bite from his grilled cheese sandwich. After the bite was taken, Blackwell stormed off to the basement to "cool off," or so everyone thought. Instead, he decided it was time to lose his bloody mind, and start of a series of events that are just as insane as you could imagine.

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He started it off by a firing a gunshot through the floor into the kitchen, narrowly missing his wife, and the three teenagers who were all gathered together. He would later claim that this was just a firecracker going off, but the bullet hole in the floor told another story.

Blackwell's wife decided to go down to confront her husband after his reckless discharge of a firearm, and she found him sitting there, surrounded by a number of guns, and piles of ammunition. Once she saw what was going on, she headed back upstairs to the kitchen to leave him to his own devices.

Blackwell then fired three more shots through the floor, forcing everyone in the house to flee as quickly as possible before calling police in to deal with the situation. When the cops did show up, Blackwell decided to take them through a police standoff, involving tactical officers, for over three hours before exiting his house.

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When he walked out of the house, he had a mass of ammunition strapped to his body, and according to neighbors who were anxiously watching the situation unfold, he was trying to get police to shoot him down. He may have been strapped with ammo, but he clearly didn't have a gun, loaded or otherwise, on his person at the time.

Police managed to hit him with a spray of non-lethal pepper balls before taking him into custody. Upon searching the home, police found a well stocked armory. It included a .44 Magnum rifle, four shotguns, a pile of rifles, and a .357 Magnum revolver. Luckily the incident ended without any death, based on the stockpile of weapons it could have gone extremely badly.

The house was quiet the next day, but there was still a cop cruiser parked out front as the investigation continued.


It must have been a really good grilled cheese...