Acushnet Man Safe After Police Standoff
ACUSHNET — A man has been taken safely to hospital after barricading himself inside his Acushnet home and making threats in a police standoff that lasted several hours on Monday morning, according to Acushnet Police.
Police Chief Chris Richmond said that officers responded to two calls for a disturbance in the area of Oliveira Avenue at around 5:46 a.m. June 7.
According to Richmond, the female caller left the house to speak to police, while the 34-year-old male caller initially came out but then retreated back into the house before making threats to the 911 dispatcher on the phone.
"There was nobody else in the house," Richmond said, noting that there was no determination of a crime having been committed.
The man's threats were directed both towards himself and to others.
"He could be seen holding a knife at one point," the police chief noted.
He said Acushnet police requested mutual aid from Fairhaven and Rochester to help secure the area, before reaching out to Massachusetts State Police for assistance as well.
The standoff ended at around 11:30 a.m. when the male caller came out of the house peacefully and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
"The subject in the house stayed on the line with the dispatcher for pretty much the entire duration of the event," said Richmond. "The dispatcher here did an excellent job engaging the subject in conversation."
"Ultimately that played a crucial role in the peaceful resolution," he added.
Police declined to identify either caller due to the nature of the disturbance.
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