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Person Barricaded in Braintree Group Home Surrenders After Long Standoff, Police Say

SWAT vehicles and heavy police presence could be seen on Holbrook Avenue in Braintree Friday

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A person who brandished a gun inside a group home in Braintree, Massachusetts, on Friday, prompting an hourslong standoff, has surrendered to officers, police said.

The man was taken away on a stretcher and Braintree police said he was brought to a hospital for evaluation -- a mental health crisis may have been a factor in the incident.

The incident began about 9:25 a.m. Friday inside an apartment building near South Braintree Square, police said.

An officer was called to the scene but the man -- who has not been identified -- would not come out of his room. He issued threats, according to police.

A SWAT team was called and a heavy police presence could be seen on Holbrook Avenue after the standoff began. The building was evacuated and the Braintree Police Department asked the public to avoid the area, while nearby Thayer Academy was locked down, though there were no students inside on Friday.

A crisis negotiator was part of the talks with the barricaded man, police said.

"We wanted to give this person every chance to come out peacefully," said Tim Cohoon, deputy chief of the Braintree Police Department.

They didn't share the man's condition after he surrendered around 3:30 p.m.

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