Baltimore man sparks police standoff over grilled cheese sandwich


An upset Baltimore man, Daniel Brian Blackwell, 55, triggered an hours-long standoff with police after opening fire in his home because someone took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich.

Baltimore County officers were called to at the home in Dunkirk, Maryland in response to a reported domestic incident later Sunday evening, Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson told WBAL-TV.  

Blackwell’s wife and three children emerged from the home on East Baltimore street and told cops shot were fired.

Fortunately, neither were struck by gunfire.

“Apparently, the man had made a grilled cheese sandwich and either the wife or the daughter, we’re not exactly sure who, but somebody, one of the females in the house, took a bite of his sandwich, and apparently, that enraged him to the point that he fired shots in the house,” said Vinson.

Despite being equipped with a ammunition holster around his waist, police say Blackwell retreated the house peacefully after barricading himself inside the home for nearly four hours.

Shortly after being taken into custody, Blackwell was taken to a local hospital and given a psych evaluation.

Blackwell has been charged with attempted first- and second- degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and various firearms violations.

12 thoughts on “Baltimore man sparks police standoff over grilled cheese sandwich

  1. It might have been quite a sandwich, maybe some artisan bread, a slice of munster and tomato, some wonder bread and kraft cheese would not be worth it.

  2. “Shortly after being taken into custody, Blackwell was taken to a local hospital and given a psych evaluation.”

    Just off the top, I’d say this one is definitely a few sandwiches (grilled cheese, of course 🙄 ) shy of a full picnic basket.

  3. I’d open fire over a ham & swiss with mayo, but grilled cheese only justifies a few whacks to the head with the Louisville slugger.

  4. I make an awesome grilled cheese.
    First off.
    I only use kraft “American” cheese.
    And …some sharp cheddar.
    I load some real butter and then grill the bread on both sides.
    Add the cheese…etc…
    Then when that’s done I throw some parmesan cheese and grill that on the outside of the bread real quick.
    The crispy parmesan cheese sticks to the bread on the outside.


    Not sure if it’s worth a standoff though.

    1. “Not sure if it’s worth a standoff though.”

      now if you added some Pepper Jack, and a Beer .. I’d have to argue that point

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