(FREDERICK, MD) -- Maryland State Police and Frederick County Sheriff's Office negotiators are continuing to talk with a man wanted for violation of probation who told police he was armed and is refusing to leave his hotel room.

At this time, the person is only being identified as a male in his 40's, who was staying at a hotel in the 5500-block of Spectrum Drive in Frederick. He is wanted on a federal warrant from the Eastern District of Virginia for violation of probation.

Shortly after 11:00 a.m. today, police with the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force went to a second floor room in the two-story hotel, after their investigation indicated the fugitive may be staying there. This is a US Marshal's task force that includes state and local police officers who locate wanted persons and serve warrants.

When police knocked on the door, a male voice told them to go away. Police identified themselves and attempted to open the door, but the door was locked with the inside security hasp. The man told police he had a gun and again told them to go away.

Police began communication with the man through the door and called for police negotiators. Negotiators from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police responded and have been communicating with the man by phone throughout the afternoon. A tactical team from the Maryland State Police is on the scene.

It is unknown if the man has a firearm. No shots have been fired. No one has been injured.

There were about 30 guests at the hotel, all of whom where evacuated safely. A limited number of hotel staff remain. The hotel management has been completely supportive of police in their response to this situation.

The situation is contained to the one room on the second floor of the hotel. A secure police perimeter has been established around the hotel. Traffic is moving smoothly past the scene.

State Police are working to resolve this situation peacefully. Communication with the man is ongoing.


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