Man Taken Into Custody After Firing Shots Near Fitchburg State

Police have taken an armed intruder into custody near Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts after they say he fired shots near the campus.

Around 6:27 p.m. on Thursday, Fitchburg Police received a call from a woman stating that her son was walking down Highland Avenue with a firearm. The suspect was identified as Justin Beauregard, 29, of Fitchburg, who has a history of weapons violations and violence towards police.

Beauregard fired two shots on Highland Avenue, police said. Additional reports to police suggested that Beauregard was intoxicated and suicidal.

Police were able to contact him by cell phone. After talking to Beauregard for 20 minutes he agreed to give up.

Police took Beauregard into custody and charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and firing a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling.

The university said that the bulk of their students have not yet arrived for the fall semester, but put the college on lockdown as a precaution.

The Fitchburg Police Department is leading the investigation.

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