Police find shotgun, ‘other weapons’ inside Methuen home where mentally ill man barricaded himself

Police say a 38-year-old man who had a “recent mental health” episode was arrested after barricading himself in his Methuen home Wednesday morning.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon held a press conference near the home on College Lane just after 9 a.m. He said the man was hiding inside an end table when police entered the home.

At about 6:40 a.m. Solomon received a call about a standoff between police and the man, who Solomon declined to identify ahead of his arraignment. Police had tried to serve the man an arrest warrant.

Solomon said the man faces several charges including a warrant for receiving stolen goods and for stealing a dog. SWAT team members and police tried to communicate with the man for about an hour, before entering the home.

Officers found a shotgun and “some other weapons” inside Solomon said.

At least two family members were home at the time of the stand-off.  Police evacuated six houses as they tried to communicate with the man.

The situation was resolved shortly before 9 a.m. – when the man was arrested.

He is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

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