Man wanted in Virginia for probation violation refusing to leave Frederick hotel room

FREDERICK, Md. - UPDATE -- Maryland State Police said the man who locked himself in his Frederick hotel room is in custody. No shots were fired. 

 

ORIGINAL -- A man in his 40s wanted by police on a federal warrant for a probation violation is refusing to leave a hotel room in Frederick.

The man told police he is armed, according to a release from Maryland State Police. 

Maryland State Police and Frederick County Sheriffs' Office negotiators have been in talks with the man since 11 a.m. Tuesday. The man was staying at a hotel in the 5500 block of Spectrum Drive in Frederick when members of a U.S. Marshal's task force knocked on the door to his room at 11 a.m.

The purported fugitive—who has only been identified as a man in his 40s—is wanted for a probation violation from stemming from the Eastern District of Virginia.

"When police knocked on the door, a male voice told them to go away," state police said. "Police identified themselves and attempted to open the door, but the door was locked with the inside security hasp. The man told police he had a gun and again told them to go away."

About 30 hotel guests were evacuated as officers established a secure perimeter around the hotel. A limited number of hotel staff remains in the building.

No shots have been fired and there were no reports of injury as of 3:30 p.m.

The situation is contained to the second-floor room of the two-story hotel.

"Negotiators from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police responded and have been communicating with the man by phone throughout the afternoon. A tactical team from the Maryland State Police is on the scene. … State Police are working to resolve this situation peacefully. Communication with the man is ongoing," state police said.

Stay with ABC2 News for updates. 

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