“More than 20 police officers were on the scene, and at least 15 police cars, both marked and unmarked, surrounded the residence and established a perimeter stretching longer than a quarter mile down Mount Pleasant Avenue in Wallington, off of which sits Azalea Drive. The SWAT officers, most of them carrying automatic weapons, the negotiators and several other police officers also wore body vests.



Was this much manpower / firepower needed to evict a man from his foreclosed home?


Man who barricaded himself in Wallington house in custody

WALLINGTON — A man who barricaded himself inside an Azalea Drive house and threatened suicide after police came to evict him from the foreclosed residence was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon.

The man was led out of the home in handcuffs at 12:55 p.m. and placed in an ambulance. He did not sustain any injuries, police said.

Moments before, a team of eight officers — guns drawn — rushed into the home. One of those officers exited the residence with his right hand wrapped in a bloody towel. A police spokesman said the officer sustained “serious” cuts to his hand, but that they were not caused by the suspect.

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