Man, 25, arrested following stand-off

A 25-year-old Bridgewater man was arrested Monday night after a 2½-hour stand-off with police at his home, police said.

The episode began when Catherine Viera, the mother of Thomas Viera, told Bridge­water police at 4 p.m. that he was threatening her with two steak knives, police said.

Viera’s mother also told ­police that her son had threatened to commit suicide and had requested that she kill him, ­police said. In addition, he had told her that he would commit “suicide by cop,” forcing police to kill him, and that he had two long rifles on the bedroom floor, according to a police statement.


Thomas Viera was extremely intoxicated at the time, his mother said, and she had managed to escape the house and flee to the police station.

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The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team was called in, and Bridgewater police officers formed a perimeter around the house at 83 Forest St.

Police negotiated with Viera for 2½ hours, and he allegedly pointed a gun at the SWAT unit through the front screen door several times.

Viera exited the home, however, after hours of talks but did not comply with the SWAT unit’s demands. Officers then tased Viera, and he was taken into custody. He was taken to Brockton Hospital for psychological evaluation.

According to authorities, a search of the home turned up 12 long rifles and one handgun.


Viera faces charges of ­assault with a dangerous weapon and failure to secure firearms, police said.

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