* Update # 3 * The towns of Wakefield, Stoneham and Reading Report Shelter in Place are lifted, all suspects in custody
WAKEFIELD – City and public safety officials in the towns of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield report that all suspects involved in the armed encounter with police on Highway 95 this morning have been taken into custody.
Shelter-in-place orders for the Wakefield and Reading areas have been lifted. The areas under the shelter in place included the areas of Parker Road, Elm Street and North Avenue in Wakefield, and the areas of Parker Road and Ash Street in Reading.
Residents can expect an increased police presence throughout the day as the investigation continues.
Interstate 95 is expected to remain closed for some time today from Lynnfield to Stoneham, including the access ramps to Stoneham.
No less than seven police chiefs responded directly to the scene, including: Wakefield Police Chief Steven Skory, Reading Police Chief David Clark, Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre, Gloucester Police Chief Edward Conley, Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix and Woburn Police Chief Robert Rufo. Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian also responded directly to the scene.
The cities of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield would like to thank the following agencies for their prompt and competent response today:
- Wakefield Fire Department
- Reading fire department
- Stoneham Fire Department
- Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC)
- Police officers from dozens of Middlesex and Essex County Police Departments responded through NEMLEC, including: search and rescue, rapid response, SWAT and K-9 units from Georgetown, Waltham, Ayer, Lowell , North Reading, Reading, Wakefield, Stoneham, Arlington, Newton Police, Salem, Littleton, Tewksbury, Burlington, Woburn, Andover, Beverly, Lynnfield, Sudbury and Gloucester.
- Middlesex County Sheriff
- Essex County Sheriff
- Catalan Ambulance
- Armstrong Ambulance
The towns of Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield also give special thanks to the volunteer organization Rehab Five of Beverly, which provided support as well as food and drink to the first responders this morning.