Stretch of Interstate 495 closed amid large police presence

A portion of Interstate 495 in the Lawrence and Andover area was closed for several hours Tuesday evening after an armed man barricaded himself in a vehicle on the median of the highway. A witness who was stuck in the stopped traffic shared a video from the scene which showed police with guns drawn. “There’s about 12 different police vehicles, state police that are all across the highway,” the witness told WCVB. “Everyone is behind their vehicle with Guns drawn and some have helmets on. All of them have chest protectors on.” State police said they had patrols and Tactical units at the scene of an armed suspect barricaded inside a vehicle on Interstate 495, near Interstate 93 and the Lawrence/Andover line.”The suspect has suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the vehicle,” a spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police said. Police said the suspect was transported to a hospital. “No further information is available at this time,” state police said. State police said Interstate 495 north of Interstate 93 and Interstate 495 south of Route 28 would be closed “for an extended duration.” As of late Tuesday night, the highway remained closed but some Lanes are expected to be opened soon, police said. Police said the investigation into the shooting will be led by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

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A portion of Interstate 495 in the Lawrence and Andover area was closed for several hours Tuesday evening after an armed man barricaded himself in a vehicle on the median of the highway.

A witness who was stuck in the stopped traffic shared a video from the scene which showed police with guns drawn.

“There’s about 12 different police vehicles, state police that are all across the highway,” the witness told WCVB. “Everyone is behind their vehicle with guns drawn and some have helmets on. All of them have chest protectors on.”

State police said they had patrols and tactical units at the scene of an armed suspect barricaded inside a vehicle on Interstate 495, near Interstate 93 and the Lawrence/Andover line.

“The suspect has suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the vehicle,” a spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police said.

Police said the suspect was transported to a hospital. “No further information is available at this time,” state police said.

State police said Interstate 495 north of Interstate 93 and Interstate 495 south of Route 28 would be closed “for an extended duration.”

As of late Tuesday night, the highway remained closed but some lanes are expected to be opened soon, police said.

Police said the investigation into the shooting will be led by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

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