Barricade Situation in Twinbrook Ends Peacefully

Police: A woman threatened suicide with a gun; dismissal delayed for students at nearby school.


A barricade situation at a home in Rockville’s Twinbrook neighborhood ended peacefully Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Montgomery County and Rockville city police responded around 3 p.m. to a call in the 13000 block of Okinawa Avenue for a woman who was threatening suicide with a firearm, Officer Janelle Smith, a county police spokeswoman, said.

Around 4 p.m. the woman voluntarily came out of the house without incident, said Officer Britta Thomas, a county police spokeswoman.

Students who walk home from Twinbrook Elementary School were held until the situation was resolved, Maj. Michael W. England said in an email obtained by Rockville Patch.

"Their parents were called and asked to pick up their child," Dana Tofig, a county schools spokesman, said in an email.

Three buses at Julius West Middle School—which is not in Twinbrook but serves students who live there—were delayed until the incident was resolved, Tofig said. The school's principal called parents to notify them of the situation, Tofig said.

"As always, our first priority was the safety and security of our students," he said. "At no time were students at Twinbrook or any other school in any danger because of this incident."

It was unclear how many police officers responded to the scene, Thomas said. A nearby church was used as a staging area, she said. 

“We were getting calls from people in the area asking what was going on,” she said.

This article was updated at 6 p.m.

Lisa Howard December 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I received an email from Twinbrook Elementary stating that there was an incident on Okinawa Avenue, that it "did not impact the school at all", and that parents of walkers who likve on Okinawa were called to pick up their students at dismissal time. I had no idea this kind of ordeal went on. Notices should be a little more forthcoming. Such a vague message makes the imagination wander. Is there a listserv or mailing list for the Twinbrook Community that is limited to topics of police activity and crime in the neighborhood? -Twinbrook ES parent
Tom Moore December 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
There is indeed a terrific Twinbrook listerv: Twinbrookneighbors@yahoogroups.com Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ and join the "Twinbrookneighbors" group. It's invaluable. It's where I first heard about this yesterday, and where the police ended up posting complete details of what was going on. Tom Moore Councilmember City of Rockville tmoore@rockvillemd.gov 240-314-8292 (office) 240-753-0811 (cell)
Lisa Howard December 20, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Hi Tom. Thanks a ton for the information. I definitely need to sign up. ~Lisa Howard
Elisha December 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Pray for her please. She is a good woman who was in a lot of pain.
Michael Josef Basl December 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM


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