• Police: Suspect takes own life, Middleborough standoff ends


    MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. - After seven hours, a standoff with a suspect has ended in Middleborough. 

    Police say the suspect took his own life. He has been identified as 36-year-old John Mann on Middleborough. 

    The Middleborough Police Department asked for people on Smith Street to Spruce Street to shelter in place shortly after the incident began Wednesday morning. 

    Middleborough Police and deputies from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Unit were serving a warrant for several outstanding charges at 469 Wareham St. this morning. Police said when the suspect saw the officers  approach, the suspect opened fire with a long gun.

    This comes about a month after Officer Sean Gannon of Yarmouth was shot and killed while serving a warrant. 

    Other people do live in the home, but police said they have made sure they are not home. Police said they will stay on scene as long as needed. 

    "As long as it takes to end peacefully," said Middleborough Police Chief Joe Perkins. 

    Video has shown the SWAT team trying to access the man through the windows and doors of the home. 

    Route 28 (Wareham Street) was closed in both directions between I-495 and Spruce Street. Motorists should continue to avoid the area, which is mostly industrial. 

    Massachusetts State Police tweeted that they are assisting with assets and an Air Wing in the situation, and they have shut down Ramp 1-495 northbound to Exit 3.

    Police said the status has remained the same for several hours and they will provide an update when the situation has ended. 

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