Northampton man accused of assaulting police officers before barricading himself in apartment

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – A Northampton man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted police officers and barricaded himself inside his apartment Monday.

The incident caused notable police activity in the area of 155 Pleasant Street for much of the morning. According to Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper, it began when a 49-year-old man stole a set of keys from a maintenance worker and threw water on the worker before locking himself inside his apartment.

Kasper said the suspect became combative when officers got there, and refused to come out.

“He punched and threw items at officers, striking them on their heads and bodies,” the chief said. “As a result, members of NPD donned helmets and carried shields to protect themselves.”

The man was taken into custody after Massachusetts State Police negotiators spent hours trying to get him out of the room. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of minor injuries.

The man, whose name has not been released, will face the following charges:

  • assault and battery
  • larceny from a person
  • two counts of assault and battery on a police officer
  • two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • assault with a dangerous weapon
  • vandalizing property

The entire incident lasted four hours.

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