Middleboro: SWAT Standoff Ends in Suspect’s Suicide

Police say a man in Middleboro committed suicide after he shot at officers serving a warrant.

Middleboro Police Chief Joseph Perkins identified him as 38-year-old John Mann of Middleboro.

“Unfortunately it did not have the outcome that we wanted today,” said Perkins.

He said six officers from the Middleboro Police Department and the Sherriff’s Warrant Apprehension team went to the home on 469 Wareham Street to arrest Mann on multiple outstanding felony warrants.

“Upon their arrival, an officer at the rear of the home was fired upon by the suspect,” said Perkins. “Subsequently, all officers retreated and set up a perimeter of the house, and the SWAT team was called in.”

No officers were harmed during the incident. The massive police response shut down a section of Route 28 for roughly seven hours.

Negotiators from the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and family members tried to make contact with Mann. Perkins said a methodical approach to reach him was unsuccessful.

“We put robots in the building, we did a lot of different tactics,” said Perkins. “Eventually we just ran out of creative solutions to have an outcome that would be one that we were looking for. We ended up having to literally open up a door and look, and that’s putting officers in danger.”

He said Mann was found inside with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

District Attorney Tim Cruz says the incident drew similarities to the shooting of Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty.

“I think the most important thing that we can all extrapolate from this is what a dangerous job our police, our first responders have every day,” said Cruz. “When they’re just simply men and women going to work and you have individuals such as this, who are wanted by the police, who are pulling firearms and discharging them at [people] who are just trying to do their job.

A family member — who declined to be named — says Mann was a good person.

“I’m disgusted. I’m sick,” she said. “I feel bad for his father. I feel bad for every police officer in this town, and surrounding towns.”

The District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident.

Due to the police response, Route 28 was shut down for over seven hours. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Due to the police response, Route 28 was shut down for over seven hours. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Members of the Middleboro Police Department had long guns on Route 28. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Members of the Middleboro Police Department had long guns on Route 28. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Mutual aid from SEMLEC leaving the scene on Route 28. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Mutual aid responders leaving the scene on Route 28. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, Middleboro Police Chief Joseph Perkins, Sheriff Joe McDonald. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, Middleboro Police Chief Joseph Perkins, Sheriff Joe McDonald. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Family members of John Mann spoke with a police negotiator. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Family members of John Mann spoke with a police negotiator. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com