BRAINTREE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Friday morning Braintree police were called to an apartment building on Holbrook Avenue where a man had allegedly threatened another resident with a gun. The suspect barricaded himself in his apartment on the third floor of a group home.
Dozens of residents were evacuated from the premise while a SWAT team and Crisis Negotiator moved in, accompanied by mental health counselors.
After more than 4 hours of a standoff between the suspect and police, he emerged and got into a struggle with authorities.
Braintree Police Deputy Chief Tim Cohoon said to the press, “He came out of the apartment, had a firearm in hand, and the SWAT operators engaged him with less lethal munitions,” he said.
He was arrested and taken away in a stretcher to be evaluated at a hospital. Officials said the suspect sustained minimal injuries in the conflict.
“Even though this person had committed a crime earlier by pointing a firearm at somebody- we also take into account that there were some mental health aspects of this,” Deputy Chief Cohoon said.
The suspect’s identity has not been released.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.