Man dead, estranged wife in critical condition after hostage situation in Harford County

Our camera was rolling as two gunshots were heard coming from a dirt road off Cedar Ln.  Armored vehicles blocked off the area for about 12 hours.

"The mother thought it was odd when the daughter said she was going to run some errands in the Hunt Valley area, and when she didn't hear from her as the day progressed she became increasingly concerned," said Eddie Hopkins, Harford Co. Sheriff’s Office spokesman.    

A mother's fears are confirmed.  Her daughter, identified as 28-year-old Jamie Campbell, was with her estranged husband, who police identify as 37-year-old Luis Hernandez from Perry Hall.

Neighbors who live in the 700 block of Hickory Limb Circle in Bel Air didn't go on camera, but they say Campbell was living there with her mom and it's not the first time police responded to reports of a domestic.  Campbell's mom gave that same message to police, who tracked down her Chevy Traverse using OnStar navigation.

"As deputies approached the car, the woman yelled to the deputies that the man had a gun.  The suspect also warned the deputies away from the car so they retreated back and then began negotiating with the suspect," said Hopkins.    

The overnight standoff escalated when police learned Hernandez had his wife call family members to say goodbye.

"We believed at this point the situation was deteriorating because it was apparent the suspect may try to take his life and possibly harm his wife in the process," said Hopkins.    

Shots were fired just before 9 a.m.  Campbell was hit in the abdomen.

She was in critical condition as a medevac arrived to transfer her to Shock Trauma.  Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We're not sure at this point who fired the shots," said Hopkins.

Hopkins says Hernandez talked to deputies throughout the night, but it was not enough to bring a peaceful end to the standoff.

 

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