Attleboro standoff ends peacefully
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- Schools in Attleboro were ordered to "secure in place” as police dealt with an alleged gunman Friday morning.
Attleboro Police say a 22-year-old man was shot early Friday morning. Police were negotiating with the alleged gunman who had locked himself in a house.
While it went on, schools were "secured in place", meaning everything runs as normal inside the school, but there were no activities outside. No schools were in lockdown, they were just being secured in place.
By noon, things had calmed down but for several hours Friday morning, a neighborhood and several schools in Attleboro were on edge.
Police with guns drawn surrounded a home, searching for a suspect holed up inside a home.
“This is crazy. This happens way too often,” said one neighbor.
A suspect who held police at bay for hours was seen handcuffed, only on 7News, by a SWAT team and led from the scene in Attleboro following a shooting on Jackson Street.
“The SWAT team commanders and myself decided to take a very slow, methodical approach to this to make sure the incident ended peacefully, which I’m happy to report that it has,” said Chief Kyle Heagney of the Attleboro Police Department.
Police issued a shelter in place order for residents in the area, after the suspect ran into a third-floor apartment and refused to surrender.
Police said in the apartment was a mother and her young child. They were allowed to leave and weren’t hurt.
“The suspect was in the house, with the child, and we believe is the child's mother, possibly his girlfriend. We are unsure. But they were in the house and during the negotiation process, he allowed them to leave,” said Chief Heagney.
Neighbors who were ordered to stay inside their homes found the whole ordeal unsettling.
“It’s very nerving. I just told my son I don't want him outside. I home school him so we can't go for our walk today and I don't want you playing basketball. And he's upset. It’s a new neighborhood for me so it’s a bit over whelming,” said one neighbor.
The man who was under arrest was at police headquarters Friday. He was booked on multiple charges and 7News was told that he will be before a judge on Monday. Detectives were trying to determine a motive.