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Standoff in Everett ends with no shots fired; suspect in custody

Posted by boston.com  September 6, 2013 02:00 PM

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A standoff that began after reported daytime gunfire in a Everett neighborhood ended after over three hours without anyone being hurt Friday.

Nearby public schools were put into lockdown as members of the North Metro SWAT Team swarmed the three-story home at 15 Calhoun Ave. about 10:30 a.m.

They stayed there until nearly 2 p.m., when they arrested 18-year-old Shadane Richards on four charges in connection with the incident. No one was hurt, police said.

Police spoke to Richards multiple times using a bull horn early Friday afternoon before he emerged briefly with his hands up on the second-level front porch of the three-story home, then returned back inside.

Shortly after, he was taken from the home in handcuffs, placed in a police wagon and taken away as a crowd that gathered along nearby Elm Street gave a round of applause to police.

Calhoun Avenue was blocked off as police covered with body armor and armed with rifles surrounded the home. Neighbors gathered near the scene on Elm Street, which was also later blocked to traffic.

Anthony Cook had just parked his minivan on the street -- outside Richards' home -- and gone to his back lawn at 14 Calhoun Ave. when he heard shots. He went to the street and saw his van had bullet holes and radiator fluid leaking out, and saw Richards cover his head with a jacket and run into the house.

Cook said he didn't see anyone else in the street.

"He must have just come out and shot my car up," Cook said.

Cook, who has lived on Calhoun Avenue for 11 years, said Richards lived at the home with his mother, and that the family had lived on there for many years. He said he did not know Richards well.

Richards is charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition and malicious destruction of property. He is expected to be arraigned in Malden District Court Monday.

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Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe


A man is taken into custody from a home on Calhoun Avenue in Everett after a standoff with police.

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