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Man opens fire on wife after she bit his grilled cheese sandwich: Baltimore police

BALTIMORE, Md. — A man is facing attempted murder charges after an argument he'd had his with his wife over a grilled cheese sandwich sparked an hourslong stand-off with police Sunday, according to authorities.

Police in Baltimore said Daniel Brian Blackwell, 55, fired multiple rounds through his basement ceiling because he allegedly was angry that his wife took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich.

Detectives said Blackwell fired his gun at her through the basement ceiling and into the kitchen above while she was making dinner. When his wife went to check on him downstairs, she found Blackwell surrounded by guns and ammunition.

“Soon after, the wife heard three more gunshots, the projectiles of which came through the kitchen floor near where she was standing,” Baltimore County Police said in a press release.

Daniel Brian Blackwell (Baltimore County Police Department)

Daniel Brian Blackwell (Baltimore County Police Department)

That’s when she called police and ran out of the home with her children. No one was injured.

When police arrived, Blackwell barricaded himself in the home for three hours. He ultimately surrendered to police.

"Right now we don't know if there were any mental issues or if that was alcohol or drugs involved," Baltimore County Officer Shawn Vinson said. "And the man will be taken to a local hospital for an evaluation to see why this enraged him so much about this grilled cheese sandwich."

Blackwell has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and multiple other charges.

Police said Blackwell is not legally allowed to own guns because of prior assault convictions.