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Mass. police arrest 17 after a road-side standoff. Despite taking down the suspect, one state trooper fell to the ground.

More than a dozen people, including a state police trooper, were arrested in a road-side standoff in Massachusetts on Tuesday morning, police officials said. The incident began when a man pointed a gun at another man while walking along the shoulder of Route 2 in Manchester, Mass., according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Chief Ronald Zaffram said the man was reporting a theft when he drew the gun and pointed it at another man, and then told him to “step back or I’m going to kill you.” Zaffram said when the man backed away from the man, the suspect took off running. Residents were evacuated as police attempted to search for the suspect.

While initially telling reporters that the situation was over and the police were “taking him into custody,” Zaffram later said all but two of the people arrested had been taken into custody. During a news conference, Zaffram said the man who was injured did not appear to be seriously injured. He added that the other man’s motives for holding up the cars was unclear. It’s believed that multiple firearms were recovered during the incident.

And Sgt. Dan Ryan was injured as he was approached by the suspect. He fell to the ground and went into shock, according to Fox 25. The victim of the gunpoint incident, Michael Carignan, reportedly suffered a back injury when he was hit by a car while trying to get away from the suspect and his co-conspirators, according to officials. Police used a drone and a robot to assist the operation and both vehicles were safely recovered in the area after the incident, CNN reported.

The man suspected of instigating the incident, 28-year-old Bradley Northam, was eventually arrested in Newburyport, according to NBC Boston. He was allegedly drunk and disarmed when state police attempted to take him into custody. Authorities said he was trying to escape a state police cruiser, and officers actually had to use special equipment in order to subdue him.

The two other men and woman who were also taken into custody are facing a number of charges, including assault and battery, according to NBC Boston. Northam is also facing two counts of armed assault with intent to murder.

Witnesses told the Telegram & Gazette that the incident stretched for hours. Businesses were temporarily closed and schools and schools-of-choice were asked to delay their start times. Police later confirmed there was a “non-deadly” incident.

Read the full story at the Telegram & Gazette.

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