UPDATE: Standoff Ends With Man Surrendering To Police [VIDEO]

Police have not released the name or motivation behind the man who had a five hour long standoff with police.


Waterford Police Lt. Brett Mahoney has confirmed that an armed man identified only as John ended a standoff with police at around 9:30 Saturday night and has been transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Mahoney said the Waterford Police Department received a 911 call Saturday afternoon from an unidentified person saying that John, who lives in a trailer on Ferri Drive, was planning on hurting himself and the first police officer who arrived to his trailer. The Waterford Police Department then established a perimeter around the trailer and called in state police to help with the standoff. Mahoney confirmed John had at least one gun although did not say how many he had.

The state police’s emergency services unit arrived and began “intense negotiations” with John via megaphone and the state’s SWAT team surrounded the house. Around 9:30 p.m., John surrendered to police and was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital via ambulance.

Mahoney did not release John's full name, the reason behind his behavior or any information regarding the person who made the 911 call. Mahoney said the 911 call was made from the residence and was not from John, but John was alone when police arrived.

Mahoney said it was not determined if John would be charged with any crime. Mahoney would not confirm if John hurt himself or not.

Original Story: At around 4 Saturday afternoon, Beverly Rose saw her neighbor, identified only as John, speed by in his Jeep and go into his trailer on Ferri Drive. Police followed behind him, and shortly thereafter authorities made everyone in the area evacuate and have closed off traffic onto Woodland Grove Drive ever since.

Police have since surrounded the home and have confirmed they are in a standoff situation, although have released no other details. Neighbors told Patch that John is on disability because of pain and has been on pain killers for several years.

“He is a quiet guy,” said neighbor Duran Miner. “Never said much, never bothered anyone.”

The Waterford Police Department and the state police department were on scene and have blocked off the area around Ferri Drive to vehicles and pedestrians. The state police department’s SWAT team came to the scene at around 6 p.m. and surrounded the trailer. Police also focused a massive spotlight on the trailer.

At around 7:30 p.m., police began to use a megaphone to communicate with John. They asked John to leave his trailer and come out, although as of 8:10 p.m. he was still in the trailer.

Neighbors said John was a quiet guy, although he did have a wild side. Miner said he accidentally set his house on fire one time with a firework a few years back.

Miner said John liked to skeet shoot. Neighbors described him as around 50 years old.

Neighbors were waiting far outside of their homes and were not allowed back in the area. They said they were asked to leave by police around 4 p.m. but were not told why.

Lora January 20, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Exactly. The comment section isn't a place for further information. It's usually just speculation. The situation was handled, the police department obviously had a great response. As to whether or not the suspect plays his music loudly and who is driving in and out of his driveway at this point, isn't any of our business. If there is more needed information, there will be another article with valid sources.
Antoinette January 20, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I happen to know Mr. LaPalatta and Dominic Dinapoli. They are very fine individuals with a great pallet. They use it frequently. Dominic ate the ony.
ZIGGY January 21, 2013 at 06:17 AM
yeah---watch out for guys like Beaney----(anger mngmnt)---he'll be the next one holed up somewhere---and we'll still be the ones looking for so-called info(he means Waterford gossip)
Anon1212 January 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM
This is the type of man who trusts anyone, and at the time of the standoff was probably hiding while absolutely terrified. Even if he owned guns, my understanding is that gun ownership is still legal. If an "aquaintance", according to police, stated that John stated that he would shoot the first officer he saw, how is second hand information, from a source of unknown and therefore questionable integrity, at best, reliable information? One individual, who enjoys feeling more important then she or he really is, saw to it that someone else called 911. Even if this man threatened his own life to authorities from the privacy of his own home, why was he suddenly surrounded by a police standoff?! Psychiatric intervention sounds exceedingly more appropriate. Nighttime loud music is irrelevant; what is wrong with the idiot who even referred to that? Let me guess someone on SSI, all the cable they can afford and a really nosy annoying neighbor that no one else likes.
Anon1212 January 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Loud music is no indicator of a person's quality of character. Although it may be invasive, loud music and frustrating for you, is no indication of one's character. Likewise I am certain you would not want to be judged by your frighteningly shortsighted response to this tragedy. Let me be even more clear...... I am sure you would not want everyone to judge you based on the fact that your entire complete response to this complex issue is that he is, "always blasting his music at all hours of the night". I am sure you have more of a soul, or at least a mind, than to focus on music when we are discussing Gun Control, People's Safety, an Amendment to the Constitution, a man in the hospital,....... a fellow suffering human being.


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