Off-duty tactical officer barricaded inside Baltimore home, turns self in

BALTIMORE - A barricade situation at a home in the 1100 block of N Parish Street ended peacefully after nearly six hours.

Sixteen city blocks were closed during the standoff, causing delays for motorists.

Officials say the barricade involved an off-duty police officer. One person was taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound. Police asked residents of the area to stay indoors.

The off duty officer is part of a special operations section. Officials say he is not a current member of SWAT but is tactically trained. He has been identified as 20-year veteran officer James Smith.

The woman removed from the home, according to authorities, died in the hospital.  Police say she is Kendra Diggs.

Officials say Smith had a toddler in the home during the standoff.  At 8:18 p.m. they announced the child was no longer in the residence and was taken to a safe location.  The toddler is the son of Smith.

After 9 p.m. Smith gave himself up to Baltimore Police. 

Smith has been charged with first degree murder and a handgun violation. He is scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning for a bail review. 


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