Police: Barricaded Suspect Shot at Officers, Residents Urged to Shelter in Place

The suspect who fired at police, prompting an hours-long standoff, has been found dead of an apparent suicide, according to police.

The standoff began around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when police in Middleborough, Massachusetts, were fired upon while attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 469 Wareham St.

No one was hit by the gunfire, which prompted police to pull back, take cover and establish a perimeter around the house. The suspect, identified as 36-year-old John Mann of Middleborough, remained barricaded inside the house.

“One officer was shot at,” Middleborough police Chief Joseph Perkins said. “There were about a half dozen officers who were at the home.”

Standoff Ends in Middleborough

“The most important thing we can all extrapolate from this is what a dangerous job our police, our first responders, have every day,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. “When they’re just simply men and women going to work, and you have individuals such as this, who are wanted by the police, who are pulling firearms and discharging them at men and women trying to do their job.”

State police and the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team responded to the scene to assist local police.

Mann was found dead inside the home around 5 p.m.

Police said the warrants they were attempting to serve were for multiple felony charges, but the specific offenses were not released Tuesday.

Residents and businesses between Interstate 495 and Locust Street along Route 28 were asked to shelter in place for the duration of the standoff. All others were told to avoid the area. The I-495 northbound ramp to Exit 3 and a portion of Route 28 were also temporarily closed.

Police said the residence in question is the only home in an otherwise commercial/industrial area.


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