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Wareham standoff ends peacefully

Police tactical teams were called in to try and bring a stand off to a peaceful end in Wareham on Monday night.

Police used tear gas to end a standoff that lasted nearly four hours. Local and state police responded to a call for a domestic disturbance involving a child on Ladd Avenue at 2:20 p.m.

Investigators said the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Mendes, refused to leave the home.

As the situation developed, there was a fear that there was a weapon in the house. There were no hostages.

"There was never any fear of any individuals being in there against their will. There was concern that within the home there were weapons," said Chief Richard Stanley of the Wareham Police Department.

Police evacuated neighbors and blocked off Ladd Avenue and part of nearby Route 6.

Just before 6 p.m., police tactical teams used tear gas.

"After a lengthy duration of trying to reach him, and in further fear of his own well-being when we lost contact with the individual, the decision was made jointly by Mass. State Police and Wareham to push the issue through the use of gas. Once we tried to put gas in the mix, the individual surrendered quickly," Stanley said.

Mendes was taken for a mental evaluation. Police said they've dealt with him before.

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