50-year-old Jason John Kassakatis is facing multiple charges after a four-hour standoff with Dundalk police.
Officers with the Baltimore County Police Department first made contact with Kassakatis at around 8:00 P.M. on July 8. Traffic officers on patrol noticed the suspect’s vehicle had stolen tags, so they attempted to stop the driver. The driver pulled over to the side of the road before getting out of the car with a weapon. Initially, the suspect pointed the weapon at officers. One policeman drew his own weapon, but he was concerned about the safety of families nearby. Rather than engage with the suspect, officers attempted to reason with him. Officers stood by as the suspect pointed the handgun at himself and slowly walked away from the scene. He continued to tell the police to shoot him.
Backup units tried to surround the suspect, but he continued threatening violence against himself. A perimeter was created to contain the situation, but the suspect was able to walk about a block down to Kinship Road. Hostage negotiation units were called on scene to assist with the de-escalation. An alert was sent to residents, and everyone in the nearby area was asked to remain inside and avoid the area. At around 12:30 A.M., officials were finally able to restrain the suspect. They recovered a total of two guns and a knife from the man.
Kassakatis was initially taken to a local hospital for medical treatment, but he was later transported to the Baltimore County Department of Corrections. He is being held without bail, and he is being charged with an assortment of crimes. His charges include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft under $100, possession of paraphernalia, failure to obey a lawful order, first-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.