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Suspect in custody following reported barricade situation in Braintree; airsoft guns discovered but no real firearms

Police believed he was in the home but later learned he had already fled, official says

Braintree police officers were outside an apartment building on Elm Street Saturday afternoon where a person was reportedly armed with a gun inside.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

A person was arrested Saturday after police responded to a report of a “disturbance” at a Braintree home involving someone who was barricaded inside with a gun, then located him nearby without any firearms, according to officials.

Police said the suspect is a male but did not release his name, age, or the charges he faces.

Braintree police arrived at the home on Elm Street and, believing an armed suspect was inside, called in additional resources including the State Police Bomb Squad and a SWAT team, according to Braintree Deputy Chief Tim Cohoon and a State Police spokesman.

“It turned out he left prior to officers’ arrival and was found in the area of Washington Street, where he was arrested,” Cohoon said in a phone interview Saturday night.


The SWAT team was called off before they reached the scene, Cohoon said. However, Braintree officers were seen outside the residence holding long guns.

Police shut down the 50-60 block of Elm Street and told people to avoid the area, according to a tweet posted by the Braintree Police Department at 4:19 p.m. In an update about 20 minutes later, police said the “situation had resolved” and officers had a “suspect in custody.”

During a search of the home, the only weapons found were airsoft guns, officials said. However, the airsoft guns “were not used in the crime,” Cohoon said.

No further information was immediately available.

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