Police use beanbags guns to end armed standoff in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — A six-hour standoff between police and an armed and distraught veteran barricaded inside his Holyoke home has ended with no major injuries.

Police Chief James Neiswanger says the standoff ended at about 1 a.m. Friday when police used beanbag rounds to disable the man when he stepped outside with a rifle on his chest.

The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation but there was no word on any criminal charges. His name was not made public.

The chief says he thinks the 26-year-old man served in the Army and may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He says there may be other weapons in the home.


Several other homes in the neighborhood were evacuated during the standoff.