Police first responded to scene at 9:30 a.m.
MIDDLEBORO – A section of town has remained locked down for more than three hours after a man shot at police before barricading himself inside a 469 Wareham St. home Wednesday morning, said Police Chief Joseph Perkins.
Police reports that the Middleboro Police Department is urging businesses and residents between I-495 and Locust Street, along Route 28, to shelter in place after an armed fugitive opened fire on police officers this morning and has since barricaded himself inside a residence.
Middleboro Police and deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Unit were serving an arrest warrant on a wanted fugitive this morning. Police arrived at the home at 469 Wareham St. at 9:30 a.m. Upon seeing the officers approach, the suspect opened fire with what appeared to be a rifle, police said. Nobody was hit.
Police pulled back, took cover and established a perimeter around the house. The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team (SEMLEC) has been called to the scene for mutual aid. The SWAT Team is made up of officers from throughout the region, who report to local chiefs when requested.
Police do not believe there is any other people in the home, a yellow, one-level residence located just north of Angel View Pet Cemetery.
Early Wednesday afternoon, a police negotiator was at the scene. Officials also confirmed that family members and friends where shuttled to and from the house, seemingly to help negotiate with the man.
Bethany Edwards, who works in the area, said she watched a convoy of state troopers and police officers drive down Route 28 this morning.
“And then we heard helicopters,” she said. “We thought they were spraying the cranberry bogs. But when we went outside, there were six helicopters.”
Edwards said she was surprised when she learned of the fugitive and the shooting.
“I said ‘Around here?'” she said. “If you look around, we’re very rural. It’s very wooded … it’s very quiet. You usually don’t even see people walking down the street, it’s so quiet.”
According to Middleboro assessor’s maps, the property at 469 Wareham St. is owned by L. David Scott.
The fugitive is barricaded inside the home, and officers are working to negotiate his peaceful and safe surrender. Route 28 (Wareham Street) is closed in both directions between I-495 and Spruce Street. Motorists should avoid the area.
Police in Middleboro said they are responding to a man barricaded in his home on Wareham Street.
The Middleboro Police Department said that people on Wareham Street, from Smith Street to Spruce Street, should shelter in place. State Police said it was assisting Middleboro police with a “barricaded subject.”
Active incident on Wareham Street. Smith Street to Spruce Street SHELTER IN PLACE. All others please AVOID THE AREA at this time!!
— Middleborough Police (@MiddleboroughPD) May 16, 2018
A month ago, Yarmouth police officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while serving a warrant.
This is a developing story.