TEWKSBURY – Chief Ryan Columbus reports that the Tewksbury Police Department and law enforcement partners located and arrested a man who was wanted in connection with a shooting in Lawrence and on several warrants.
ISIAH MEDINA, AGE 22, OF LAWRENCE, was arrested on warrants from Lawrence District Court, Haverhill Superior Court, and Plymouth Superior Court, and additionally charged by Lawrence Police with:
- Armed Assault with Intent to Murder
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
- Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling
- Carrying a Firearm Without a License
- Use of a Firearm in a Felony
On Wednesday, April 27, at approximately 12 p.m., Tewksbury Police, in collaboration with the Lawrence Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and the U.S. Marshals Service, attempted to locate MEDINA at an at apartment at 338 Ames Hill Drive.
MEDINA refused to open the apartment door when contacted by police. Tewksbury Police requested assistance from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council due to MEDINA being wanted in connection with violent armed incident in Lawrence.
While specially trained officers and negotiators from the NEMLEC SWAT team were staging, Tewksbury Police evacuated occupants of apartments near where MEDINA was located out of an abundance of caution.
A specially trained negotiator who is part of the SWAT team spoke with MEDINA in an attempt to deescalate, but MEDINA continued to refuse to come out, then barricaded the door.
After issuing several warnings, the SWAT team forced entry into the apartment and arrested MEDINA without further incident. There were no reported injuries.
MEDINA was courtesy booked at the Tewksbury Police Department, and then transferred to the custody of the Lawrence Police Department. MEDINA is expected to be arraigned on Thursday in Lawrence District Court.
“I would like to thank the members of the Tewksbury Police Department, the NEMLEC SWAT Team, the Massachusetts State Police, U.S. Marshals and Lawrence PD for their partnership, professionalism, and commitment to public safety,” said Chief Columbus.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.