Prosecutors: Man in standoff was trying to 'commit suicide by cop'
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. —
Prosecutors said Friday that a man accused of firing at police during a four-hour standoff at a New Bedford condominium admitted he was trying to commit suicide by cop.
John Hernandez, 30, was arraigned in New Bedford District Court on Friday. Hernandez faces a long list of charges that include attempted murder, firing at police and firing a loaded weapon with 500 feet of a residential property. He's scheduled to be back in court for a dangerousness hearing on April 5.
Assistant District Attorney Robert DiGiantomaso described Hernandez as despondent and suffering from mental illness at the time of the incident.
Prosecutors said Hernandez went to a friend's car in the condo parking lot at about 5 p.m. Thursday, grabbed a gun he knew that his friend kept in the vehicle, and went back to his apartment where he threatened to commit suicide.
"Police responded to check on Mr. Hernandez's well-being. Mr. Hernandez waves the gun out the window and begins to fire," DiGiantomaso said.
Follow the arrival of a tactical unit, Hernandez shot at police from his window. He retreated into the apartment after police returned fire.
At least five shots were exchanged. No one was injured.
Police negotiators were able to get Hernandez to surrender at about 9 p.m.
Along with the charges he faces in the standoff, Hernandez is also accused of violating his probation. He was placed on probation last year following drug possession charges.