Extended Barricade Incident in East Cambridge Ends Peacefully


11/19/2021

An extended barricade situation in East Cambridge ended peacefully this morning after approximately four hours.

Cambridge Police initially responded to Sciarappa Street on the report of gunshots at 2:12 a.m. A suspect was then reportedly observed entering an apartment where the the barricade took place.

Officers attempted to communicate with the involved individual — which included the use of a loud speaker — and peacefully de-escalate the situation with hopes of him surrendering. At the same time, they were able to safely evacuate other occupants from the multi-floor residential building. Messages were issued to residents in the immediate area asking them to shelter in place.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m., a male was ultimately detained without incident and transported to the police station. There were no injuries.

After the barricade was resolved, a firearm was recovered outside the residence — inside of a vehicle — and near ballistic evidence that was recovered earlier in the investigation.

While a male suspect was detained and identified, charges have not been filed at this time. Additional follow-up investigative work is being conducted on the shooting, ballistic evidence and the recovered firearm.

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