Police: Middleboro standoff ends with suspect taking his life

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Police say a man who opened fire on officers trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Massachusetts house and engaged them in a standoff for several hours has killed himself.

A Middleborough police spokesman confirms 38-year-old John Mann’s suicide by an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Police say they pulled back, took cover and established a perimeter around the house as Mann barricaded himself inside on Wednesday. They say they tried unsuccessfully to establish contact with him.

The regional SWAT team was called to the scene. Officers who later went inside found Mann dead.

A rifle and two handguns were recovered from inside the home and were seized as evidence.

According to a news release sent to 22News by Middleborough police, the incident began at 9:30 a.m. when Middleborough police and deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Unit were serving an arrest warrant for a wanted fugitive at 469 Wareham Street.

Police said upon seeing the officers, the suspect open fired with a long gun.

No officers were injured, but police did pull back and take cover. The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team was also called in for aid.

Officers are working to negotiate a “peaceful and safe surrender” after he barricaded himself in the home.

A section of Route 28 was closed while police worked. 

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