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    Man in custody after barricading himself in home

    A 70-year-old Methuen man barricaded himself in his residence Friday morning, but was taken into custody early in the afternoon. Methuen police received a report from concerned family members around 9:55 a.m. and responded to the residence on Lowell Street. The man, who police did not identify, was suffering from depression and police said they were concerned he may have been armed. A SWAT unit was summoned, but police made phone contact with the man and he came outside voluntarily. The man was taken to a nearby hospital and no charges have been filed, police said.


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