DEDHAM, Mass. — The Dedham Police Department have called in the metro SWAT team to assist with a Dedham man who has barricaded himself in a house in the area of Dedham Boulevard.
Police have been shouting on a megaphone for a man to answer his phone to negotiate, Wicked Local reported.
Michael Farah said he is a friend of the suspect, William Barton of Roslindale.
“I know there was an argument between him and his girlfriend,” Sarah said, adding Barton has had a run-in with police in the past. “When I heard today that he’s in the same situation, he’s either going to be in jail or dead.”
Police have not confirmed the identity of the man.
School Committee Chairman Joe Heisler said Superintendent June Doe is helping kids who wouldn’t be able to get home due to the barricade.
“Police have the whole area blocked off, so we have to do something,” Heisler said. “They’re trying to reach parents make make alternate arrangements.”
Clare Sullivan, principal of the Avery Elementary School, sent an email out to parents earlier today.
“We will be holding any walking students who are not met by their parents,” Sullivan wrote. “Parents of walking students should come to the school to pick up their child.”
According to a police report, an officer observed a suspect wanted on a default warrant for unarmed robbery exit a motor vehicle and enter a home at about 11:30 a.m.
Robert Tradd, a family member of the home owner, said he was concerned for his 4-year-old niece that was also in the home.
Helen Humes, a neighbor, said the homeowners are a family in their 30s.
“They seem nice and polite but they always have company all the time,” Humes said. “The cops and FBI were there 6-7 months ago.”
The subject refused to respond to initial responding officers therefore Metro-LEC was called in to assist.