Shutesbury man who threatened arson faces assault charge

Staff Writer
Published: 9/30/2020 7:12:58 PM

SHUTESBURY — A man who threatened to set himself on fire Tuesday morning had earlier threatened to harm several family members and doused the interior of the home with lighter fluid, according to a report from Massachusetts State Police.

The 40-year-old man, whom police did not identify under a state law aimed at protecting victims of domestic incidents, was taken into custody by State Police in Leominster on a charge of assault on a family and/or household member, spokesman David Procopio said. The man was expected to be arraigned in Orange District Court.

State police from the Belchertown barracks responded the Shutesbury home at 10 a.m. Tuesday after getting a call about the alleged assault and threats toward several family members, who were able to leave the suspect alone, though he continued to threaten to set the home on fire, police said.

After State Police set up a perimeter, with a tactical team and crisis negotiator on scene, and standby assistance provided by Pelham police and Shutesbury firefighters, they became aware after 30 minutes that he had left the scene, and put out an alert for him.

He was taken into custody shortly after noon on Route 2 after his vehicle was identified by State Police from the Leominster barracks.


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