Man Fires at Police, Barricades Himself Inside Home During Hours-Long Standoff

A Middleboro, Massachusetts, man on Wednesday barricaded himself inside his home and fired at police officers and a SWAT team who tried to enter, according to local news reports.

Authorities with the Middleboro Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department attempted to serve a warrant at about 9:15 a.m., according to police. When officers approached the door of the house, the man inside fired several shots.

At around 9:30 a.m., police told residents to stay clear of Smith Street to Spruce Street in Middleboro. 

"Active incident on Wareham Street. Smith Street to Spruce Street SHELTER IN PLACE. All others please AVOID THE AREA at this time," the Middleboro Police Department wrote on its official Twitter page. 

Several hours into the standoff, police used a piece of SWAT equipment to break down the doors and windows to the home. However, the suspect remained inside the house as of 2 p.m. local time. No injuries were initially reported.

State troopers asked media to refrain from using chopper footage during newscasts, so as not to broadcast the location of officers on the ground. 

According to WBSM, the house is one of few residences in a mostly business and commercial area. Police advised everyone in the nearby vicinity to shelter in place.

Local authorities did not return Newsweek's request for comment. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.​

GettyImages-52245874 A man barricaded himself inside his Middleboro, Massachusetts, home and fired a weapon at police officers serving a search warrant, on May 16. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images