Dunstable police de-escalate crisis, safely end standoff

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DUNSTABLE — Chief Erik Hoar announced that the Dunstable Police Department successfully resolved a potentially dangerous situation involving a barricaded individual experiencing a behavioral health crisis.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, at about 12 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on Main Street after receiving reports of a person who had barricaded themselves inside.

The Dunstable Police sought support from the Northern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) to engage in negotiations with the individual.

The responding officers were able to enter the home and locate the person.

Thanks to their negotiation skills and de-escalation techniques, the individual was peacefully removed from the premises and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

Chief Hoar praised the officers and NEMLEC for their handling of the situation, noting the importance of their training in achieving a safe resolution.

“This was a case where our ongoing training assisted us in de-escalating the situation and having positive outcome,” he stated.

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