Pellet gun recovered after Hingham SWAT incident

A SWAT team tracked down a man believed to be armed in Bare Cove Park early Wednesday. A pellet gun has since been recovered in the area.

HINGHAM – Police have recovered a pellet gun from Bare Cove Park after searching the 484-acre area for the weapon they say a homeless man used to threaten another man. The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council SWAT team responded to the park overnight Tuesday.

Hingham police were sent to the park at about 10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a 911 call from a homeless man who said he had been punched in the face and threatened with a gun by another man, Hingham police Sgt. Steven Dearth said. The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council SWAT team, police dogs and a drone were sent in to track down Thomas Walwood, formerly of Quincy.

Walwood was found at about 3 a.m. Wednesday but no gun was immediately recovered. A pellet gun was found later Wendesday near where the incident was reported, Dearth said. He said the gun matches the description given by the victim, and police are not looking for any more weapons.

“It’s an extremely realistic-looking pellet gun,” Dearth said. “The pellets are the same size and shape as bullets – it definitely looks like one – but it does not meet the legal definition of a firearm.”

Thomas Walwood was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. He was arraigned in Hingham District Court on Wednesday and was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Monday, when a judge will decide whether he poses a threat to the public.

“Finding this gun means there is now no concern that there is a real gun somewhere in the park just waiting to be found,” Dearth said. “That’s a relief for a lot of people.”

Bare Cove Park is open during daylight hours only, and camping is not allowed. Hingham police say they will continue to patrol the park and remove anyone found to be camping.

“We try to keep a presence and discourage overnight camping, but if someone is determined to camp they probably aren’t doing it in a very visible area,” Dearth said. “Obviously, there has been other issues in there, but we continue to patrol the park.”

Reach Mary Whitfill at mwhitfill@patriotledger.com.

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