LANCASTER – A 57-year-old man armed with a handgun and threatening suicide barricaded himself inside his Lancaster home for more than six-and-a-half hours before surrendering peacefully Monday morning, authorities said.
Kelly Baker surrendered around 6:15 a.m. Monday, May 25, and was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, elder abuse, and felon in possession of ammunition, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. A replica handgun was found at the residence, Stamsek said.
The incident began just before midnight on Sunday when deputies responded to a home on the 1100 block of West Avenue H-7 regarding a suicidal man armed with a handgun.
“Upon their arrival to the residence, deputies saw the suspect in the front yard armed with a handgun,” Stamsek stated. “The suspect refused to surrender himself and entered the residence.”
Deputies contained the immediate area and evacuated several neighboring houses for safety.
At one point, Baker exited the residence with his 83-year-old mother, but “refused to allow her to leave to safety,” according to Stamsek.
“Deputies fired beanbags (non-lethal weapon) at the suspect and struck him, but the suspect still refused to surrender himself,” Stamsek stated. “The suspect’s mother eventually was able to flee the location and was not injured.”
Baker then proceeded to barricade himself inside his residence, according to Stamsek. A special weapons team from the Special Enforcement Bureau was called to the scene and crisis negotiators began talking to the 57-year-old man.
“He finally surrendered peacefully… He told us he was despondent over his life and wanted to kill himself,” said Lt. Paul Pfrehm of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Baker would undergo a medical evaluation, Pfrehm said.