Grafton Standoff Ends With One Man In Custody, Police Say

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GRAFTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday morning officials said a report came into the Grafton Police Department from a caller that claimed a man on East Street was threatening her boyfriend and pointing a gun at him.

Police said that when they arrived on scene they found a man in the rear yard, noting that he was "acting strangely," from what police said was possibly intoxication or mental health issues. The man allegedly refused to comply with police directions to show his hands and retreated to a fenced-in area out of sight of the officers, officials said.

Officers spoke with the reporting party, who alleged that the subject vandalized his vehicle parked in the rear lot, and when confronted, pointed a gun at the owner and began yelling, the GPD said.

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Because of the reports of a gun involved, the GPD requested backup, and officers from Shrewsbury and the Massachusetts State Police, along with Air Wing, responded to assist in creating a perimeter, police said. The CEMLEC SWAT Unit brought in a negotiator to speak with the subject, who police said came out of the fenced in area periodically to yell at officers. The subject came out from the area and was subdued by members of the SWAT Unit, police said.

With the man in custody, police said they transported him to UMASS Memorial Medical Center with police guard for mental health evaluation. At the time of posting, the subject's identity has not been disclosed pending positive identification, officials said.

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