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One man in custody after standoff with police in East Cambridge

One man is in custody after barricading himself inside an East Cambridge residence Friday, prompting police to shut down part of the neighborhood during the standoff, Cambridge police said.

Officers responded to Sciarappa Street on the report of gunshots at 2:12 a.m. and saw the man enter the apartment, Jeremy Warnick, a spokesman for the Cambridge Police Department, said in an e-mail Friday evening.

The officers attempted to communicate with the man, including by using a loud speaker, Warnick said. Other occupants from the multi-floor residential building were safely evacuated.

“Messages were issued to residents in the immediate area asking them to shelter in place,” Warnick said.


Police first tweeted about the barricaded man —whom they feared had a possible hostage and access to a firearm — at 5:48 a.m. Friday. He was inside a residence on Sciarappa Street between Charles and Spring Street.

No one else in the residence at the time of the incident, police said on Twitter. Police did not immediately provide the specific address where the man was located during the standoff.

The man was detained shortly before 6:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. A gun was later recovered inside a vehicle outside the residence, Warnick said.

Ballistic evidence was recovered earlier in the investigation, Warnick said. Charges have not been filed against the man.

“Additional follow-up investigative work is being conducted on the shooting, ballistic evidence and the recovered firearm,” Warnick said.

John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.