Man arrested after standoff with police in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Wooden boards now cover the windows where John Hernandez allegedly shot at police, then barricaded himself inside, which terrified neighbors who live in the New Bedford condominium complex.
Just after 5 p.m. Thursday officers were called to the home for a man who was suicidal. When they arrived the suspect shot at police, who then exchanged fire.
“Upon the arrival of officers, they were engaged by that male with a firearm; fired several rounds at them and retreated back into his apartment from the window,” said Chief David Provencher, New Bedford Police Department.
Traffic on busy Route 140 was diverted during rush hour because bullets flew in the direction of the road.
“Heard gun shots and was like, staying away from the windows,” said Mike Demello, who lives in the complex. “I was thinking everybody’s that is outside should be running away right now, but I didn’t know what was going on.”
Heavily armed local and state police surrounded the building. People inside were evacuated as officers tried making contact with the suspect.
“All they kept saying was ‘Johnny come to the window, Johnny come to the window’ and I was like, ‘Just go to the window man, go to the window,’” said Demello.
After four hours, the suspect went to the window, crawled out and surrendered to police without any more problems.
Police said the suspect does have a criminal record and drug use contributed to the standoff. Police said the standoff initially began because of a family issue.
No one was injured in the incident. The suspect is expected to be arraigned on Friday afternoon.