Man opens fire on police officers, arrested after standoff

NORTON, Mass (WPRI) — A man was arrested and taken for a mental health evaluation after prompting a police standoff at a home.

Norton Police say they were initially called to John Scott Boulevard, near the Taunton line, at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for reports of a domestic incident.

The woman who called 911 said the suspect, Heath Mullett, 42, had a handgun.

When officers arrived, a woman and an infant were able to flee the home, as Mullett barricaded himself inside with the weapon.

At one point, Mullett told police he had 500 rounds of ammunition.

Heath Mullett (Norton Police Department photo)
Heath Mullett (Norton Police Department photo)

Police tell Eyewitness News Mullett fired about eight rounds at police.

Officers did not return fire and no one was injured, but three rounds did hit a SWAT vehicle.

After about two and a half hours of negotiation, Mullett finally surrendered around midnight.

Now, he faces several charges including: assault with intent to murder, for firing at the officers; malicious damage over $250, for shooting at the SWAT vehicle; discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and domestic assault and battery.

Mullett is being held at police headquarters and is scheduled to be arraigned in Attleboro District Court Friday morning.

Police searched his home after the standoff ended, finding several guns, ammunition, and three “military style knives.” Three new charges were also added: reckless endangerment of a minor, possessing a firearm while intoxicated, and possession of a large-capacity magazine.