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April 8, 2013

Police respond to report of armed man on Plum Island

PLUM ISLAND -- Police descended on Plum Island this afternoon in response to a report of a distraught armed man in a home on  57th Street.

The report was called in after 12:45 p.m. Details of the call were not immediately known. Several police cars, as well as an ambulance, fire truck, and the city's animal control officer, were sent to the scene. The neighborhood from 55th through 59th Street was shut down by police during the incident.

It took several minutes for police to establish phone contact with the man. One that was established, Police Marshal Tom Howard talked with him, and later, officers were sent in to bring him out, under the assumption that he was armed.

Police, armed with assault rifles and bulletproof vests, were seen entering a home on 57th Street, where they brought the man out safely at around 3:10 p.m. He was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital for evaluation. No shots were fired, and there were no immediate reports of injury. The man's identity was not immediately available.

Once the man had been brought out, police determined that he had not been armed. A search of his home did not recover any weapons. It's unclear why the initial report to police stated he was armed.

The incident coincided with a time of day when students are released from school and bussed home. Newburyport Public Schools kept students who live on the island at school in order to ensure their safety. They were released once the man was brought safely from the home.

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