Suspect in custody after Danvers shooting, police say

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DANVERS — Authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon, as announced by Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker and Police Chief Jamie Lovell.

The incident took place on Feb. 5 at about 12:07 p.m. when the Danvers Police Department Communications Center received a distress call from a woman at 98 Newbury Street.

The caller reported she had been shot multiple times and had managed to escape to a neighbor’s trailer.

Officers quickly responded to the scene, setting up perimeters around the suspect’s trailer and the location where the victim had taken refuge.

As law enforcement closed in, the suspect, identified as 62-year-old Joseph M.

Hurley, fired several shots from his trailer’s window toward the officers.

The victim was safely retrieved by the officers and immediately taken to Beverly Hospital.

She was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Boston for further treatment.

The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) was called to the scene, alongside the Massachusetts State Police and multiple local departments, to assist in the operation.

After roughly two hours, Hurley was apprehended by NEMLEC officers without further incident and was transported to the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing, spearheaded by the Danvers Police Department, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Detectives from the District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services.

Hurley faces multiple charges, including Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, three counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

He is scheduled for arraignment in Salem District Court on Tuesday.

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