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Police standoff with armed man in Mattapan ends without incident
By Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff
A tense standoff with an armed man on Westmore Street in Mattapan ended without incident this afternoon, police said.
It started when several shots were fired and an off-duty officer pursued a gunman into an apartment building. No injuries were reported.
The hostage team was called to negotiate with the man who was holed up in a hallway with a woman. Authorities are trying to determine if she was being held against her will.
Within an hour, the residents on the first two floors of the building were allowed to leave, police said.
Shortly before 4 p.m. the man surrendered and was taken into custody. The woman was taken out afterward and released.