SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — Police say a Marine is dead following a tense situation in Swansea.
According to Swansea police, a 24-year-old Marine reportedly caused a disturbance with a weapon at a home in the area of Old Warren Road around 4:30 p.m. Police said he threatened his former girlfriend and two others who stepped in to try to diffuse the situation, before pointing the weapon at them and firing a round off above their heads.
State Police told Eyewitness News that troopers responded to the area of Church and Nichols Street to assist Swansea officers. A perimeter was set up and a K-9 trooper, as well as State Police crime scene services, ballistics, and fire and explosion investigators were also called to the scene. Several other municipalities responded to the call as well.
Officials said neighbors received a reverse 911 call asking them to shelter inside their homes, but Swansea police dispatch confirmed around 9:15 p.m. the shelter-in-place warning had been cleared.
“They said they have an active shooter right up the road here in this general area,” said Joe Pavao of Swansea. “So I got my son and my wife at the house and we just hid out waiting for the all clear.”
Police said the man with the weapon had caused some “damage to property” at the home. He then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Swansea police.
He is not being identified pending family notification.
Somerset police said Sunday night in a Facebook post they responded to a report of a “despondent person with a firearm in Swansea” and the Southeastern Mass Law Enforcement Council also assisted at the scene.
Police say the situation has been handled and the threat to the community is now over. No one else was injured.