Helicopter in Urbana was helping with domestic call
Police report no injuries or arrests in incident
A Maryland State Police helicopter that hovered over the Villages of Urbana around 8:30 p.m. Saturday with its search light lit was helping Frederick County Sheriff's deputies respond to a domestic call.
According to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred in a home on Charterhouse Road.
A verbal altercation occurred between a husband and wife with two adult children present. Bailey did not know who made the emergency call, but said deputies were told initially that the husband had a gun.
"My understanding was he did not threaten anyone with it," Bailey said.
Deputies found an unloaded gun, Bailey said, but filed no charges and deputies determined that the man did not assault or hurt anyone.
She said the Sheriff's Office did not ask the State Police for help, but the helicopter was on its way back from a call, heard over the radio that deputies were responding to the dispute, and came to see if they could help.
"They responded to the area to see if they could assist," Bailey said. "... We did not request [State Police] to come out."
State Police did not immediately return a call for comment.
Paul Ameida of Urbana was putting his son to bed when he noticed the helicopter about five houses down the street.
He said neighbors were looking out of windows, putting outside lights on, and there was light shining around the back of his house as multiple police cars went by. "It seemed like an awful lot," he said.
The helicopter was probably there for about 20 minutes, he said.
"The argument the family was having was not physical, but verbal," Bailey said.
The man was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital for evaluation. "That happens when an individual makes threatening statements against himself or others," Bailey said. "My understanding was he did not assault anyone."