Wareham standoff ends peacefully after man barricades himself in home for nearly four hours

A man who barricaded himself in a Wareham home after placing his 19-month-old child outside surrendered when police fired gas canisters into the residence, Wareham police said in a statement.

The incident began at about 2:20 p.m. when police responded to 4B Ladd Ave. after receiving a call about a custody issue regarding a toddler and the child’s father, Michael Mendes, 33, police said.

Mendes told family members he planned to shoot himself with a handgun, according to police. But after speaking briefly with officers, he placed the child outside, and then barricaded himself inside the home, police said.

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In telephone conversations, Mendes refused to leave the home and told officers he had weapons and wanted to be harmed, police said.

Wareham police requested assistance from the State Police Special Tactical Operations Team around 2:45 p.m., State Police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail. State Trooper Kenneth Gaetz said a crisis negotiator was also dispatched to Ladd Avenue.

State Police shut down nearby Route 6 between Route 28 and the Golf Shots Range at 123 Sandwich Road because of concerns over public safety, Procopio said.

After repeated requests that Mendes leave the home peacefully, officers deployed the gas cartridges into the residence around 6 p.m., Wareham police said. Mendes soon stepped outside and was captured without incident, ending the nearly four-hour standoff. He was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham for evaluation.

Route 6 was then reopened, Procopio said.

No criminal charges had been filed as of 8 p.m. Monday, police said, and an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

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