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Tyngsboro Standoff Ends with SWAT Help

September 4, 2018

TYNGSBORO -- A SWAT team from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council convinced a man who allegedly assaulted a relative and armed himself with a knife into peacefully surrendering after an early morning standoff Monday, according to police.

The incident was domestic in nature, so the address of the incident, the individual’s name, and details of any charges he may face were not released due to the Domestic Violence Act of 2014, according to police.

Questions about those details were referred to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, which cannot comment on the matter until Tuesday when the man is arraigned in Lowell District Court.

Police Chief Richard Howe said in a press release officers were called to the home where the incident occurred about 1:25 a.m. Howe said the man barricaded himself in his home, assaulted a relative and threatened to harm police while brandishing a knife.

Out of an abundance of caution, police requested help from NEMLEC. It was about 3:30 a.m., when NEMLEC SWAT negotiators convinced the man to surrender peacefully, according to police.

“This is yet another example of the importance of having mutual aid available for municipal police departments in the form of highly-trained, specialized officers who can come in, as part of our command structure, and work to resolve sensitive situations,” Howe said in a press release.

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