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SWAT officer, vehicle hit by gunfire in the Franklin Condo complex



A SWAT team officer was hit by a bullet that police said ricocheted off an armored vehicle during an encounter with an armed man at a Franklin residential complex. Franklin Police Department received an 911 call Sunday at 12:49 pm reporting a man who was experiencing a “mental health crisis” in the Spruce Pond condo complex. The 911 caller informed police that the man was armed with a gun and threatened to harm himself and anyone who approached him. Franklin police officers set up a perimeter and made contact with the man while additional resources, including the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council’s SWAT team, fired multiple shots during the encounter, which hit an armored truck carrying SWAT officers. Police said a Metro-LEC SWAT officer was hit by a bullet that ricocheted off the vehicle. This officer was not injured and did not need further treatment. The SWAT team returned no shots but attacked him with less than lethal 40mm ammunition from inside the vehicle while others were engaged in a Taser and a K-9 team. The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody while he was still in the possession of the weapon. He is being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and is undergoing a mental examination. “I am proud of the reaction from my officers and the Metro-LEC team, the professionalism of everyone involved and the incredible reluctance that has been shown,”

; said Franklin Police Chief Thomas J. Lynch in a statement. “Results like this are not always possible, but we strive to achieve them. We need to provide all our officers with further training and always provide them with the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs.” The investigation is still ongoing. Police said information on possible criminal charges will be available once the investigation is over.

A SWAT team officer was hit by a bullet that ricocheted off an armored vehicle during an encounter with an armed man at a Franklin residential complex, police said.

The Franklin Police Department received an 911 call on Sunday at 12:49 pm reporting a man who was experiencing a “mental crisis” in the Spruce Pond Condo complex. The 911 operator informed the police that the man was armed with a pistol and threatened to harm himself and anyone who approached him.

Franklin police officers set up a perimeter and contacted the man while additional resources, including the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council’s SWAT team, were called to the scene.

During the encounter, the man fired multiple shots that hit an armored truck carrying SWAT officers.

Police said a Metro-LEC SWAT officer was hit by a bullet that ricocheted off the vehicle. This officer was not injured and did not require any further treatment.

The SWAT team returned no shots, but they attacked him from inside the vehicle with less than lethal 40mm ammunition while others dealt with a Taser and K-9 team.

The man, who was not identified, was taken into custody while he was still in possession of the weapon. He is being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

“I am proud of the reaction from my officers and the Metro-LEC team, the professionalism of everyone involved and the incredible restraint,” said Franklin Police Chief Thomas J. Lynch in a statement. “Results like this are not always possible, but we strive to achieve them. We need to provide all our officers with further training and always provide them with the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs.”

The investigation is still ongoing. Police said information on possible criminal charges will be available once the investigation is completed.


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