Falmouth police shoot and wound suicidal man

FALMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) – Police in Falmouth shot a man who they say pointed a gun at them after threatening suicide.

The man, who is not yet being identified, was shot in the hip and is expected to survive.

According to police, the incident started Friday at about 8 p.m. when police took a 911 call about an allegedly drunk man who had barricaded himself in his bedroom with a gun in a home on Teaticket Highway.

After evacuating nearby neighbors and cordoning off the area, police contacted the man on a cell phone, but he refused to surrender and allegedly made suicidal threats. Negotiators could not coax him out of the building and so a SWAT team entered the home.

Police said the officers “attempted to use less-lethal measures to gain compliance” but the man then pointed the gun at them, at which point they shot him.

The victim was taken to a hospital in Boston for treatment of a non life-threatening wound. No police officers were hurt.

The man is being charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a firearm as a violent criminal.

State Police and the Cape and Island District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting.