Man arrested after 5-hour standoff with police in Norwell

A Norwell man, who police say barricaded himself in the attic of his home after trying to light his kitchen on fire, is facing charges in Hingham District Court Tuesday.

Ryan Palmer, 30, was arrested on Monday after Norwell police, with assistance from the fire department and the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, were able to remove him from his home following a five hour standoff.

Norwell police responded with firefighters to a report of a structure fire around 3 p.m. before deciding to call for assistance from additional agencies, including the state police bomb squad. Neighboring residences were evacuated as a safety precaution, police said.

Police said Palmer was taken into custody around 8:15 p.m. and transported to South Shore Hospital for medical treatment before being taken to the police station for booking. He was held overnight and denied bail, according to police.

Palmer has been charged with arson of a dwelling, threats to commit [a] crime, and malicious destruction of property.

According to The Patriot Ledger, Palmer has two open cases in Plymouth Superior Court, including a child rape case. The case, stemming from a 2012 arrest, was due to go to trial next month, according to the Patriot Ledger

Palmer also had an open firearm case from 2010, the Patriot Ledger reports.

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