From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
On Saturday, September 28, 2013 at approximately 4:20 pm Officers of the Havre de Grace Police Department responded to the 700 block of Erie Street, for a Fight in Progress and discovered a male suspect who was possibly armed and holding someone against their will. The Harford County Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Special Response Team (SRT) were called to assist. The suspect has been identified as Austin Francis Jones, age 34 of Havre de Grace, MD.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Jones had barricaded himself in a room of the apartment and was armed with a firearm. Members of CNT were able to make contact with Jones and engage him in a dialogue and successfully negotiate the release of a hostage.
As deputies were negotiating with the suspect for his surrender, the Special Response Team was prepared to make entry. Deputies on the scene witnessed the suspect make an overt gesture with a black object toward the responding officers. He was subsequently shot by a member of the SRT unit. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Initial information provided to officers indicated that the suspect had a protective order against him stemming from an earlier incident with a female who resided at the location. The deputy who fired his weapon is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation; his identity is not being released. No further information is available at this time. The follow-up investigation by Harford County Sheriff’s Detectives is continuing.