A Bel Air woman was shot and her estranged husband killed in the conclusion to an overnight standoff with Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Creswell, police said.
According to police, Jamie Nicole Campbell, 28, had been held hostage in her Chevrolet Traverse on a dirt road off Cedar Lane in Creswell since approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday night. Sheriff’s deputies were alerted after the woman’s mother reported her missing earlier that day and police tracked her vehicle to the location using its OnStar system.
Deputies arriving on scene were “warned off” by the suspect, 37-year-old Luis Arturo Hernandez Jr. of Perry Hall Boulevard in Baltimore, and Campbell told police he was armed. Officers formed a perimeter around the vehicle, and tactical teams and crisis neogitators arrived on scene to conduct negotiations throughout the night and early morning.
The situation escalated at approximately 8:55 a.m. when, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins, Hernandez forced his wife to begin making phone calls to family members to “say goodbye on his behalf.” Victims services personnel stationed with those family members alerted deputies to the calls, and a Sheriff’s Office tactical team was authorized to make an “emergency assault” on the vehicle to protect Campbell and prevent Hernandez from taking his own life.
According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, as deputies approached the vehicle, shots were fired. Hernandez suffered several gunshot wouunds and died at the scene, while his wife was shot in the abdomen. She was airlifted to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center shortly after 9 a.m.; she remained in critical condition as of 1 p.m. Tuesday. It remained unclear who fired the shots that killed Hernandez and wounded Campbell. No deputies were injured in the incident.
Campbell, a resident of the 700 block of Hickory Limb Circle in Bel Air, was reported missing Monday by her mother, who said she had not heard from her daughter since she left to run errands in Hunt Valley at approximately 2 p.m. Police determined that the woman and her husband had a “history of domestic violence,” according to a Sheriff’s Office statement, and believed the two were together at that time.