Man arrested after four-hour standoff in Everett
EVERETT, Mass. (WHDH) -- Tanks and swat teams moved into a neighborhood trying to talk a man out of a home after he shot into an empty van.
The standoff left the neighbors and schools in the area on edge for hours after multiple shots rang out
“I heard 4 gunshots. I ducked. I didn't wants to go near the windows because didn't know which direction bullets were coming from,” a neighbor said.
The bullets struck a van that was parked on the side of Calhoun Street with no one in it.
When Carol DeSimone looked outside her window toward the action she saw a man running.
“He went in there then you heard the door lock,” DeSimone said. “You could hear someone yell ‘what the hell did you do now?’”
Police and swat teams descended on the neighborhood and surrounded the home
Four Everett schools and a daycare center were ordered into safe mode. Classes went on, but no one was allowed to enter or leave.
The tense standoff lasted almost four hours. At one point the man stepped out onto the upper porch to retrieve a phone delivered by police negotiators.
Suddenly, there was a lot of shouting. Officers moved in and within minutes, they brought the man in the red shirt outside. He was arrested and taken away.
The van's owner, Anthony Cook, is in disbelief
“I spent $200 dollars getting my car fixed and after all the work he went and shot it all up,” Cook said. “I have no idea why.”
Neighbors say the man who was arrested has had mental issues and was recently released from Bridgewater State Hospital.
After the man was taken away safe mode was lifted in all four schools.
No one was hurt despite all that gunfire. The van has been taken away for evidence. The man’s family is not making any comment.