Cops use stun gun to end 3-hour long standoff

Barricade situation unfolds in Fairhaven.

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fairhaven man was taken into custody over the weekend after an episode in which police said he destroyed his apartment.

Neighbors called police after hearing loud noises and the sound of items being smashed coming from an apartment on Main Street at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the man inside, Richard Ribeiro, refused to leave the apartment, telling officers they would “have to kill him” and he “would not be taken alive.” He appeared to be very agitated, according to police, and he began breaking windows with his fists and throwing things around the apartment.

Fairhaven police set up a perimeter around the home and requested mutual aid from the New Bedford, Acushnet, Mattapoisett and Massachusetts State Police Departments, along with SWAT teams and negotiators.

Police said at one point Ribeiro threw a hammer at an armored SWAT team truck, knocking off an external intercom speaker.

The standoff lasted for about three hours until Ribeiro tried to climb out of a window, when police used a stun gun on him and placed him under arrest.

Police said the apartment was completely destroyed, with chairs thrown through windows and doors, the refrigerator tipped over, and a poster partially burned and melted. Ribeiro also tampered with the natural gas line leading to a gas stove, according to police.

Ribeiro, 40, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital for an evaluation. He’s charged with two counts of vandalism – one for destroying the apartment he was renting and the other for damaging a SWAT vehicle – along with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and attempted arson of a dwelling.

Below an earlier report from Eyewitness News This Morning.

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