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Everett Police Shoot, Injure Man Allegedly Armed With Sword

Police first shot the 45-year-old Everett man with a sponge round, which is a form of less-than lethal force, but it didn't work, investigators say

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Everett police shot and injured a man who allegedly barricaded himself in an apartment building, then emerged with a sword early Monday morning, authorities said.

The 45-year-old Everett man allegedly barricaded himself shortly after midnight inside a Buckman Street apartment building where he lives, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office. Everett police and other officers, including from SWAT, responded to the scene after someone called 911.

When the man emerged from the building, he was armed with what was described as a sword and "advanced" at officers, investigators said.

Police first shot the man with a sponge round, a form of less-than lethal force, but it was ineffective. An Everett police officer subsequently shot the suspect, according to Ryan's office.

First aid was administered on scene and the man was taken to a Boston hospital, where he is expected to survive. One Everett officer was also taken to an area hospital as a precaution, investigators said.

Shots were fired and a neighborhood shut down Sunday night into Monday morning as police responded to a call for a reported armed and barricaded man in Everett, Massachusetts.

A heavy police presence and evidence markers could be seen in the area early Monday morning. The incident was under investigation.

Neighbors said police negotiators were trying to convince the man, who hasn't yet been identified by authorities, to speak with them on the phone.

At least one neighbor said the man involved in the standoff has never been a problem. In fact, just the opposite.

”The other day, a tree was falling off and he helped us, yeah he was nice to us,” Joe LaMonica said.

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