MANSFIELD, M.A. (WPRI) – A Mansfield neighborhood was put under lock down Sunday night after a man barricaded himself inside of a home.
The Mansfield Police Department says the man called 911 just before 5:30 p.m. from a home on Eddy street, threatening to hurt himself and others.
Eddy street was shut down for almost two hours and police asked residents to leave the neighborhood until further notice.
“There was SWAT people and dogs all around,” says one neighbor, Kerri Melendez, as she describes the scene to Eyewitness News. “After about fifteen minutes of it being a little bit quiet, the street flooded within the next hour, with about thirty SWAT vehicles the last time I counted. I couldn’t see anymore down the street.”
Law enforcement attempted to coax the man out of the home, but ended up calling in assistance from neighboring forces and the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council.
Officials from MetroLEC evacuated the rest of the neighborhood and shut down pedestrian access as officials resumed contact with the man via telephone.
Further investigation led the Mansfield Police Department Command Staff to learn the man was highly intoxicated and suffered from mental health issues.
By 7:15 p.m. the suspect surrendered and police took him into custody without injury to him or any officers on scene. The man was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
The owners of the home where the man had barricaded himself allowed police to search the home for weapons but none were found.
Access to Eddy street reopened by 7:45 p.m. according to an update on the Mansfield Police Facebook.