Federal courthouse in Baltimore evacuated; Man taken into custody

BALTIMORE, Md. - A man was taken into custody by late Thursday morning after pointing a gun at his head and forcing the evacuation of the federal courthouse in Baltimore.

According to the U.S. Marshal's office, at about 10:15 a.m. a man took position on a bench in front of the courthouse, located at 101 W. Lombard St. and put what was believed to be a black semi-automatic hand gun to his head.

U.S Marshals quickly surrounded the man, who said he wanted to speak to the FBI and refused to lower his gun until that occurred. According to the U.S. Marshals, they, with the assistance of the Federal Protective Service and the Baltimore City Police, maintained the perimeter of the subject until the FBI could respond to the area.

The FBI then began to communicate with the man via cell phone and convinced him to lower his gun and surrender to the U.S. Marshals. He was taken into custody and the weapon was determined to be a pellet gun, the U.S. Marshals said. The whole incident lasted about 45 minutes.

The identity of the man has not been released at this time.

Stay with ABC2 News for additional details.

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