SWAT team responds to Lowell apartment for incident involving firearm

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LOWELL — A SWAT team from the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council was called to help Lowell Police bring a peaceful end to an incident at the Massachusetts Mills Apartments on Sunday.

Lowell Deputy Superintendent Mark LeBlanc said officers arrived at the apartment complex, located on Mass Mills Drive, for “an incident involving a firearm” shortly after 4 p.m.

“As a result of circumstances encountered on scene the determination was made to request assistance from the NEMLEC SWAT team,” LeBlanc said.

About 6:30 p.m., the incident came to an end without injuries to any of the people involved, according to LeBlanc. He said the firearm was recovered at the scene.

LeBlanc did not elaborate on the nature of the incident, noting that no further information would be released to the public.

As the incident unfolded, dozens of residents stood outside the apartment complex while armored vehicles rolled into the parking lot. Police wearing riot gear and carrying rifles could be seen walking in and out of the apartment building.

Police told residents they could return to their apartments at around 6:45 p.m.

A man in handcuffs and on a stretcher was removed from the building about that time. He was conscious an alert as Trinity EMS placed him in the back of an ambulance.

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