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Police Apprehend Armed, Potentially Suicidal Man at Fall River, MA, Self-Storage Facility


After some pursuit, police apprehended an armed and potentially suicidal man yesterday evening at the Self Storage Solutions facility in Fall River, Mass. The unidentified, 29-year-old Swansea, Mass., resident was found on the rooftop of the building at 609 Davol St. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where his condition is being evaluated, according to the source.

Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the Fall River Police Department was contacted by Swansea, Mass., police, who were investigating a report of a potentially armed and suicidal male subject, according to Fall River Police Lt. John DeMello. Swansea officers said the man was headed to Fall River driving a gray 2005 Honda Accord.

FRPD tracked the man via his cell phone and followed him to several locations before finding him at the self-storage business. Officers wearing protective entry gear from the department’s Emergency Services Unit responded, followed by detectives from the Major Crimes Unit, according to the source. At about 7 p.m. they were observed collecting evidence from the scene, including what had appeared to be a shotgun.

No injuries were reported during the incident, though police at the scene said they heard a firearm discharge in the immediate area, DeMello told the source.

A man who identified himself as one of the owners of the storage facility told the source the subject is a family member who had experienced a nervous breakdown and is “just under stress.” He confirmed that police negotiators were able to calm his relative.

Criminal charges are pending further investigation, according to police.


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