Reading Police Arrest Man After Standoff

No Active Threat to the Community

Reading MA — Deputy Chief David Clark reports that a man was arrested in Reading Sunday after he barricaded himself inside of his home and refused to come out, prompting a response of a regional team of police officers and negotiators.

A 59-year-old man, from Reading, was placed under arrest by the Reading Police Department with the assistance of members of the Northeast Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), which draws specially trained officers from more than five dozen police departments in Middlesex and Essex Counties.

Charges include:

  • Possession of a Firearm Without a License (Two Counts)
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Disturbing the Peace
    Additional charges could be forthcoming.

At this time there is no active threat to the community. Residents in the immediate area of the home were asked to shelter in place. At this time the shelter in place has been lifted.

At approximately 2:07 p.m. Sunday, Reading Police performed a welfare check at a home on James Road following a 911 hang-up call. Upon arrival, police discovered that a man in the home was potentially armed with a handgun and was refusing to cooperate with police.

Residents in the immediate area were then asked to shelter in place. This included the roadways of James Road, Sherwood Road and Whitehall Lane.

Reading Police and members of the Northeast Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT team responded to the scene.

The man was able to be placed under arrest by NEMLEC SWAT without further incident and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

The shelter in place order was lifted at approximately 5:15 p.m. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, and no shots were fired.

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