Maryland man shoots at wife in dispute over grilled cheese sandwich

A 55-year-old Baltimore-area man was arrested Sunday after police say he shot his wife in a dispute over a grilled cheese sandwich.

Baltimore County Police said Daniel Blackwell shot at his wife through the floor, causing her and her children to run from the family home. A police standoff with the man ensued after an argument about the grilled cheese sandwich with his wife.

Police found 15 firearms, four of them loaded, in the Dundalk row home where Blackwell barricaded himself. Blackwell is not legally allowed to own guns because of prior assault convictions, a statement from the county said.

He’s been charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder; first- and second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; and various firearms violations.

The standoff ended when Blackwell, wearing a holster of ammunition around his waist, but was not carrying a weapon at the time, stepped out on the porch. It allowed officers to use pepper balls to subdue him and take him into custody.

Police later found a loaded, lever-action long gun with a chambered round placed just inside the front door.

Blackwell was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He remained in police custody in a hospital pending an emergency evaluation.

Body camera footage from this incident is part of an ongoing investigation.

Police seized three handguns and 12 long guns from the home:

  • Remington .44 Magnum rifle (loaded)
  • Ruger .357 Magnum revolver (loaded)
  • Springfield .45 ACP (loaded)
  • Remington 1187 12-gauge shotgun (loaded)
  • Ruger Airhawk pellet rifle
  • Traditions hunter rifle .50 cal
  • Mossberg .22 cal rifle
  • Winchester 94 AE 30-30 rifle
  • Mossberg .22 rifle
  • Winchester .370 20-gauge shotgun
  • Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun
  • Winchester 270 rifle
  • Ruger S7W .40 cal pistol
  • Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun

Police also found a large amount of ammunition and gun accessories.