Local, state police respond to report of ‘despondent man’ at Cummington house




Published: 6/17/2019 3:23:09 PM

CUMMINGTON — State and local police converged on a Mount Road house Monday afternoon in response to a report of a “despondent man.”

The situation was resolved at around 3:40 p.m. after police were at the scene for several hours, according to state trooper James DeAngelis. He declined to give details about the incident but said that the one person involved is OK and had been transported to an area hospital.

State Police Lt. Tom Ryan said earlier in the day that hostage negotiators, tactical and K-9 teams and a helicopter were sent to the scene. 

“My understanding is that it’s a despondent man who we’re trying to make contact with for his own safety,” Ryan said shortly after 3 p.m. 

When reached by phone, Cummington Police Chief Michael Perkins declined to comment, stating that the situation was “still under investigation.”

One car was blocking the road to the residence on Monday afternoon, with several residents gathered at the scene.

Gary Grosenbeck of Mount Road said he noticed police activity through one of his house windows, including a UPS truck being redirected. “I normally get about 10 cars going by,” he said. “It’s just always so quiet up here that any ripple passes. You can see how it affects our little community.”

Later in the afternoon, Stacey Mackowiak, also of Mount Road, said she was told by police that everything was fine. She said that, earlier in the day, “Nothing was out of the ordinary” until a friend called her and she saw two state troopers outside.

Another resident, Tara Howes, said she heard “canine dogs barking like crazy,” but otherwise it was a quiet scene. She said she didn’t feel unsafe because she was standing outside with her granddaughter, and if the police thought it was unsafe, they would have told them to get back inside. 

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com. Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com. Staff writer Greta Jochem contributed to this report.

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