NEWBURYPORT — City Marshal Mark Murray reports that the Newburyport Police Department took an individual into custody today after he barricaded himself inside his home during a police investigation.
A 57-YEAR-OLD MALE, OF NEWBURYPORT, was taken into custody and is expected to face charges in connection with this morning’s incident.
At 8:19 a.m., Newburyport Police were dispatched to Newburyport One Stop Gas Station at 1 Kent St. for a report of a break-in. The suspect fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, and a witness indicated that they observed the man — who they thought may be armed — flee into the residence at 3 Atkinson St.
The individual, who is known to police, refused officers’ requests to enter the home, and Newburyport Police subsequently requested mutual aid support from the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and Massachusetts State Police. The situation was ultimately resolved without incident at 11:10 a.m. when the MALE was taken into custody.
He was then transported to Anna Jaques Hospital for evaluation, and the incident remains under investigation by Newburyport Police. Charges may be forthcoming in connection with this incident.
“Our top concern this morning was ensuring the safety of this individual and the community at large, and we were focused on bringing about a peaceful resolution to this incident,” Marshal Murray said. “I’m grateful that we were able to do so, in large part due to the support on-scene from our NEMLEC partners and the Massachusetts State Police.”
A shelter in place order was briefly in effect for the area, and was lifted shortly after the individual was taken into custody.