Police save Army veteran’s life after six-hour armed standoff

Police closed Upland Road in Holyoke, MA on Thursday to negotiate with an Army veteran barricaded inside a house. (Courtesy photo)

An Army veteran, who is believed to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), has been hospitilized after an armed standoff with police in Holyoke, Massachusetts – an hour and a half west of Boston.

Police responded to the home of the 26-year-old unidentified Army veteran and began negotiations around 7:00 PM Thursday night.

According to necn, officers said the veteran was armed with several rifles, including one strapped to his back.

During the negotiations, the veteran walking in and out of the house with the rifle on his back.

 Police closed Upland Road in Holyoke, MA on Thursday to negotiate with an Army veteran barricaded inside a house. (Courtesy photo)
Police closed Upland Road in Holyoke, MA on Thursday to negotiate with an Army veteran barricaded inside a house. (Courtesy photo)

“We negotiated with him for about six hours….He did step outside with a rifle strapped to his chest,” said Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger to masslive.

Around 1 A.M. Friday morning, Holyoke police and the Special Tactical Operations (STOP) team were able to safely take the veteran into custody by using non-lethal bean bag ammunition to subdue him.

“Please realize this is a difficult time for him and his family. The end result here tonight, all we want to do is get him the help he needs,” Neiswanger said.

Cheif Neiswanger said the veteran bravely served his country and because it is not clear if charges will be filed, the veteran’s name will not be released at this time.

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