Suspect in East Longmeadow Standoff Identified
The suspect has been identified as Stephen Powell.
Police received the call at about 6:00 p.m. Monday for a person holding a knife, and possibly a gun as well at 14 Roderick Avenue. It was later determined that Powell did not have a gun.
When police arrived Powell had already barricaded himself inside the home, so officers set up a perimeter blocking off the area to the public. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, according to East Longmeadow Sgt. Steven Manning.
State Police Trooper Ken Gatez says police began trying to negotiate with the man at about 6:30p.m. They were able to make contact with the suspect around 8:10p.m. and take him into custody.
Authorities report it was a tenant dispute situation, but they would not elaborate further. No hostages were taken and no one was injured in the incident.
“It went very well, couldn’t have asked for anything better. Nobody got injured. The victim was not injured and none of the officers were injured and the suspect was placed under arrest,” said Sgt. Manning.
“At first it was a little overwhelming with all the cops here, but you know it seems like they did there job correctly. I felt pretty safe,” said Dan Palmioli, East Longmeadow.
Powell is facing multiple charges including Assault with a Weapon, Assault and Battery, and Threat to Commit a Crime. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Palmer District Court.
The State Police STOP Team, Negotiation Team and Springfield Police K-9 unit all responded.