Waterford Police Lt. Brett Mahoney has confirmed that an armed man identified only as John ended a standoff with police at around 9:30 Saturday night and has been transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
Mahoney said the Waterford Police Department received a 911 call Saturday afternoon from an unidentified person saying that John, who lives in a trailer on Ferri Drive, was planning on hurting himself and the first police officer who arrived to his trailer. The Waterford Police Department then established a perimeter around the trailer and called in state police to help with the standoff. Mahoney confirmed John had at least one gun although did not say how many he had.
The state police’s emergency services unit arrived and began “intense negotiations” with John via megaphone and the state’s SWAT team surrounded the house. Around 9:30 p.m., John surrendered to police and was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital via ambulance.
Mahoney did not release John's full name, the reason behind his behavior or any information regarding the person who made the 911 call. Mahoney said the 911 call was made from the residence and was not from John, but John was alone when police arrived.
Mahoney said it was not determined if John would be charged with any crime. Mahoney would not confirm if John hurt himself or not.
Original Story: At around 4 Saturday afternoon, Beverly Rose saw her neighbor, identified only as John, speed by in his Jeep and go into his trailer on Ferri Drive. Police followed behind him, and shortly thereafter authorities made everyone in the area evacuate and have closed off traffic onto Woodland Grove Drive ever since.
Police have since surrounded the home and have confirmed they are in a standoff situation, although have released no other details. Neighbors told Patch that John is on disability because of pain and has been on pain killers for several years.
“He is a quiet guy,” said neighbor Duran Miner. “Never said much, never bothered anyone.”
The Waterford Police Department and the state police department were on scene and have blocked off the area around Ferri Drive to vehicles and pedestrians. The state police department’s SWAT team came to the scene at around 6 p.m. and surrounded the trailer. Police also focused a massive spotlight on the trailer.
At around 7:30 p.m., police began to use a megaphone to communicate with John. They asked John to leave his trailer and come out, although as of 8:10 p.m. he was still in the trailer.
Neighbors said John was a quiet guy, although he did have a wild side. Miner said he accidentally set his house on fire one time with a firework a few years back.
Miner said John liked to skeet shoot. Neighbors described him as around 50 years old.
Neighbors were waiting far outside of their homes and were not allowed back in the area. They said they were asked to leave by police around 4 p.m. but were not told why.