An Edgewood man was taken into custody without incident Sunday night after police said he assaulted his girlfriend and brandished a shotgun.
David McCracken, 44, of the 900 block of Cedarcrest Court North in Edgewood is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and several violations of county ordinances in the incident.
According to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins, deputies were called to McCracken’s home shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of a man threatening his girlfriend.
Deputies arrived at 7:12 p.m. and found the woman in a neighbor’s apartment. Hopkins said she told police that McCracken was in their apartment with a shotgun and had just fired a round from the weapon. She said he was wearing army fatigues, a tactical vest, and was carrying several shotgun rounds.
The Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team responded to the scene and, shortly after arriving and securing the area, took McCracken into custody at appoximately 8 p.m.
Hopkins said it was unclear whether McCracken left the apartment and surrendered on his own, or at the orders of law enforcement. However, the incident was treated as a “barricade” situation while McCracken remained in the apartment.
The woman told police that she was watching the Super Bowl with McCracken and her brother, who all live together. For reasons Hopkins said are unclear, McCracken suddenly struck her, threw her to the ground and began choking her. The woman escaped to a neighbor’s apartment and, after a short time, decided to return to her apartment. Doing so, she encountered McCracken armed with the shotgun, and returned to the neighbor’s apartment to call police. Deputies observed that the woman had various bruises and marks on her body.
McCracken was being held in the Harford County Detention Center Monday morning on $1 million bond, Hopkins said. He was also wanted on an arrest warrant from Baltimore City for driving on a suspended license, and was held on an additional $2,000 bond for that charge.