Man, 23, hospitalized after barricading himself in Dracut’s basement

A 23-year-old man, armed with a knife and in the throes of a “behavioral health crisis,” broke into a Dracut home Sunday evening and barricaded himself before police and a mental health doctor convinced him to surrender peacefully to give with the help of a family. member, authorities said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dracut police said they were alerted to a burglary at an address on Mammoth Road around 9pm on Sunday. Upon arrival, police learned that the man had barricaded himself in the basement, according to the statement.

“The man, who was suffering from a behavioral health crisis, was armed with a large knife and claimed to have a firearm,” the statement said. “He threatened to harm both himself and the officers.”

Dracut police requested assistance from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, the release said, and other residents of the duplex were evacuated as a precaution. Police, meanwhile, blocked the roadway at Mill Street and Dallas Drive.

Police said officers eventually got the man to surrender with the help of a family member and a mental health doctor. He was taken to an area hospital where he was connected to “appropriate services,” police said.

No weapons were found on the site.

“Sunday evening’s behavioral health crisis is a textbook example of how a potentially volatile incident can be resolved when police, the community and specialists work together,” Chief Peter Bartlett said in the statement. “Our officers had the right training, the right support and received the right information from the community to resolve this crisis.”

A Dracut police spokesman said the man, whose name was withheld, is not charged with any crime “at this time.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at [email protected].

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