Taneytown police find assault weapon banned in Maryland stored under child’s crib

Police disarmed a suicidal man Sunday night and arrested him after finding him to be in possession of several firearms, including an assault weapon that is banned in Maryland and a shotgun stored in a cardboard box under his 2-year-old child’s crib, according to a news release from the Taneytown Police Department.

Police said the man is banned from possessing firearms due to prior gun-related charges. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of disqualified rifle or shotgun possession, one count of illegal firearm possession, possession of an assault weapon, and two charges related to possession of ammunition.

Taneytown police officers responded to a report of a gunshot on Chestnut Court just after 7 p.m., Sunday. When they arrived at the scene, the man told police that he had attempted to commit suicide using a firearm, the news release stated.

Police searched the man’s home after a resident consented to the search, and said they found an Akdal Arms LLC 12-gauge pump shotgun under a child’s crib, as well as 23 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, and a Norenco SKS rifle with a detachable drum magazine containing 68 rounds of ammunition. The rifle, which is classified as an assault weapon, and its ammunition are banned in Maryland, police said.

According to the police, the case was forwarded to Child Protective Services on Monday.