Guardian: A group of heavily-armed men were engaged in an ongoing stand-off on Saturday with Massachusetts police, prompting shelter-in-place orders in some areas and sparking massive delays on the holiday weekend as a portion of Interstate 95 remained shut down.
Standoff with group of armed men shuts down part of I-95 in Massachusetts
Eight men armed with rifles and handguns claimed to be from a group “that does not recognize our laws,” police say. https://t.co/zJ6GY6b5CE
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) July 3, 2021
The standoff began around 2am when police noticed two cars pulled over on I-95 with hazard lights on, authorities said at a Saturday press briefing.
NO, This is NOT what we do in America.
Heavily armed men engaged in standoff with Mass police, prompting shelter-in-place orders & massive delays as portion of Interstate is shut down. They claim to be from a group "that does not recognize our laws.” https://t.co/eB4CVoQs2v
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 3, 2021
Between eight to 10 men were clad in military-style gear and carrying long guns and pistols, said Col Christopher Mason of Massachusetts state police.
The men refused to put down their weapons or comply with authorities’ orders, claiming to be from a group “that does not recognize our laws”, police said.
A group of 8-10 heavily-armed men are engaged in an ongoing standoff with Mass State Police, shutting down a portion of I-95. Police say the men were headed to Maine from Rhode Island for “training" https://t.co/S9NCxQPJ35
— Michelle R. Smith (@MRSmithAP) July 3, 2021
They took off into a wooded area. By mid-morning Saturday, two men had been arrested.
Officials were using negotiators to interact with the other suspects.
“Time is our ally in this and we will certainly utilize this,” Mason said.
The standoff shut down part of I-95 in Wakefield in both directions, prompting heavy traffic as people hit the road for the Fourth of July weekend.
In Massachusetts, I-95 runs from the Rhode Island line, around Boston and to the New Hampshire line. Wakefield is just east of where I-95 and I-93 meet, north of Boston.
Residents in Wakefield and nearby Reading were advised to lock their doors and shelter in place.
Wakefield police said in its statement no threats had been made but the men were considered armed and dangerous.