A police standoff that stretched from Friday afternoon until late Saturday morning was ‘successfully resolved’ as officers were able to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had been barricaded inside a Lynn by her armed father.
The saga began when a DCF social worker and Lynn police went to 42 Hanover St. to perform a wellness check on the child. Upon arrival, police noticed the child’s father sneaking into the basement, while holding a “cylindrical object with a six-inch drill bit” attached, state police said.
A machete and crossbow were also reportedly seen in the basement, prompting Lynn PD to seek assistance from the State Police’s Special Tactics Operations Team – or STOP – Unit Crisis Negotiations and the Bomb Squad, who surrounded the home and began a two-day effort to try to persuade the man to release the child and turn himself in, state police said.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, stopped communicating with officers at midnight and stepped up efforts to barricade the police home.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the STOP team determined the man was attempting to burn down the house – he had poured flammable liquid inside the apartment and was setting off fireworks, police said. State.
“The STOP team made an immediate forced entry, going through several doors to gain entry, and secured and rescued the 3-year-old girl from the hostile suspect,” State Police spokesman David Procopio said.
Procopio noted that the STOP team used “less than lethal force” to arrest the “combatant and aggressive” man, and praised state police and Lynn police for the “well-executed operation” that prevented the child from being injured or burned.