WAKEFIELD — Municipal and public safety leaders of the Towns of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield report that all of the suspects involved in the armed encounter with police on interstate 95 this morning have been taken into police custody.
The shelter in place orders for areas of Wakefield and Reading has been lifted. Areas under the shelter in place order included the Parker Road, Elm Street and North Avenue area in Wakefield, and the Parker Road and Ash Street areas in Reading.
Residents can expect an increased police presence throughout the day as the investigation continues to be conducted.
Interstate 95 is expected to remain closed for some time today from Lynnfield to Stoneham, including the on-ramps in Stoneham.
No fewer than seven police chiefs responded directly to the scene including: Wakefield Police Chief Steven Skory, Reading Police Chief David Clark, Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre, Gloucester Police Chief Edward Conley, Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix and Woburn Police Chief Robert Rufo. Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian also responded directly to the scene.
The Towns of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield wish to thank the following agencies for their swift and adept response today:
- Wakefield Fire Department
- Reading Fire Department
- Stoneham Fire Department
- North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC)
- Police Officers from dozens of police departments throughout Middlesex and Essex Counties responded through NEMLEC including: search and rescue, rapid response, SWAT and K-9 units from Georgetown, Waltham, Ayer, Lowell, North Reading, Reading, Wakefield, Stoneham, Arlington, Newton, Salem, Littleton, Tewksbury, Burlington, Woburn, Andover, Beverly, Lynnfield, Sudbury and Gloucester Police.
- Middlesex County Sheriff
- Essex County Sheriff
- Catalano Ambulance
- Armstrong Ambulance
The Towns of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield also extend a special thank you to volunteer organization Rehab Five of Beverly, who provided support as well as food and drinks for first responders this morning.