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December 13, 2012

Update: Man surrenders after 5-hour standoff; teargas used

An armed man who had barricaded himself for 5 hours in a Beauport Avenue home last night surrendered this morning.

Police had surrounded the house around 9 last night. The man said he was going to harm himself, according to witness.

Negotiators from the Gloucester Police Department and North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council called the man repeatedly on the phone, a source said. One negotiator, using a bullhorn, several times asked the man to pick up the phone or come out and speak with them. The negotiators repeatedly told the man that they didn’t want to hurt him, “that everyone has a bad day,” and to just come out and talk.

The man, who was armed with a handgun, demanded to speak to a person he named because said he didn’t trust certain people or the police.

A crew was called in from National Grid to cut the power to the house around midnight, in hopes that the man inside would become uncomfortable enough to come out, witnesses said.

Shortly after, police shot teargas into the windows, to try to force the man out of the home. The man soon came to the front door, brandishing a silver gun, and spoke to police for few minutes, sometimes yelling, before going back inside.

Police then shot some more gas into the home.

The man came out of the front door, holding a rag to his face and his gun to his head, a witness said.

The man would not put gun down, but stood on the porch talking with police. Most of the time he held the gun to head, witnesses said, while negotiators repeatedly asked him to put it down.

The police shot some more teargas onto the porch, and a witness said the man started yelling and dancing around to try to avoid the gas. The man then tried to throw the teargas canisters off the porch, while still holding the gun.

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