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Suspect in Middleborough standoff is dead, say police

Fugitive opens fire on police, shelter-in-place order issued in Middleborough. (WJAR)

Authorities said an armed fugitive who opened fire on police Wednesday morning in Middleborough, prompting police to issue a shelter-in-place order, has taken his own life.

Police identified the suspect as 38-year-old John Mann, noting that he was found unresponsive on the first floor of a home on Wareham Street from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Middleborough police and deputies with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department attempted to serve Mann with an arrest warrant around 9:30 a.m. when officers said he opened fire with a long gun and then barricaded himself in the home for at least eight hours.

“We have been here a long time today,” Chief Jospeh Perkins of the Middleborough Police Department told NBC 10 News. “We did not want to press the issue and we did not want to force the outcome that would result in anyone getting hurt.”

Police said no one was struck, and law enforcement established a perimeter around the house in what they described as a commercial/industrial area. They also sent a reverse 911 call to nearby residents, advising them to stay inside their homes.

“I would say that our approach after the incident escalated was slow and methodical,” Perkins said. “It’s a lesson learned thing. It’s evolution in law enforcement. We are trying to find the best way to do a difficult job.”

A SWAT team with the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council was called for additional help. The FBI and ATF were at the scene, as well.

NBC 10 noticed a woman with a negotiator jacket walk family toward the house during the standoff. Police later confirmed that family members attempted to contact the suspect and that a team of negotiators were working the scene.

Meanwhile, a person who claimed to be Mann’s cousin told NBC 10 that Mann has a child and might have a drug problem.


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