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Police Respond to Hopkinton Grocery Store Stand-Off

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    The Price Chopper supermarket in Hopkinton, Massachusetts was evacuated on Saturday after a man barricaded himself inside. Perry Russom reports.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017)

    Massachusetts State Police have arrested a man for barricading himself at a grocery store.

    On Saturday at 1:20 p.m., officers responded to reports of an armed stand-off at a grocery store in Hopkinton. The suspect’s mother was first to call for help, and told officers her son was making threats. When they arrived, police learned a suspect, a 41-year-old male from the Worcester area, had barricaded himself inside the Price Chopper Supermarket on West Main Street.

    Several customers were in the store at the time. All were quickly removed when police arrived on the scene.

    “Everybody who was grocery shopping had to leave and all the workers left,” recalls Sueann Nocera who was shopping when the police arrived. “They wanted everyone away from this store.”

    The suspect called police, telling them he had two other people with him and was armed. When they entered the building, the officers discovered he was alone.

    The suspect did not take any hostages and made no threats to any of the customers, but he was armed with a pipe and refused to leave the manager's officer at the store.

    Eventually the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team spoke with the suspect, and was able to convince to him to surrender peacefully and without any injuries.

    The suspect was arrested by Hopkinton police and transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

    The Price Chopper is now back open to customers.

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