An hours-long stand-off with a bunch of closely armed males that partially shut down Interstate 95 ended on Saturday with 11 suspects in custody, Massachusetts state police mentioned.
Police initially reported 9 suspects had been taken into custody, however two extra had been taken into custody of their automobile afterward Saturday morning.
Two suspects had been hospitalized, however police mentioned it was for preexisting situations that had nothing to do with the standoff.
Christopher Mason, a colonel with the state police, mentioned the suspects surrendered after police tactical groups used armored autos to tighten a fringe round them.
The stand-off shut down a portion of I-95 for a lot of the morning, inflicting main site visitors issues in the course of the Fourth of July vacation weekend. Authorities mentioned the interstate was reopened and shelter-in-place orders for Wakefield and Studying had been lifted.
In Massachusetts, I-95 runs from the Rhode Island line, round Boston and to the New Hampshire line. Wakefield is simply east of the place I-95 and I-93 meet, north of Boston.
The stand-off started round 2am when police seen two vehicles pulled over on I-95 with hazard lights on after they apparently rqn out of gas, authorities mentioned at a press briefing.
At the least a number of the suspects had been clad in military-style gear and armed with lengthy weapons and pistols, Mason mentioned. He added that they had been headed to Maine from Rhode Island for “coaching”.
“You possibly can think about 11 armed people standing with lengthy weapons slung on an interstate freeway at two within the morning definitely raises issues and isn’t in step with the firearms legal guidelines that now we have in Massachusetts,” Mason mentioned.
He mentioned he understood the suspects, who didn’t have firearms licenses, have a special perspective on the legislation.
“I admire that perspective,” he mentioned “I disagree with that perspective on the finish of the day, however I acknowledge that it’s there.”
The boys refused to place down their weapons or adjust to orders, claiming to be from a bunch “that doesn’t acknowledge our legal guidelines” earlier than taking off right into a wooded space, police mentioned.
Police and prosecutors had been working to find out what prices the members of the group will face.
The suspects had been anticipated to look in court docket in Woburn on Tuesday, Middlesex county district legal professional Marian Ryan mentioned.
Mason mentioned the “self-professed chief” of the group needed it to be identified that they aren’t antigovernment.
“I feel the investigation that follows from this interplay will present us extra perception into what their motivation, what their ideology is,” Mason mentioned.
In a video posted to social media, a person who didn’t give his identify however mentioned he was from a bunch known as Rise of the Moors, broadcast from I-95 in Wakefield close to exit 57.
“We aren’t antigovernment. We aren’t anti-police, we aren’t sovereign residents, we’re not Black id extremists,” mentioned the person who seemed to be carrying military-style tools. “As specified a number of instances to the police that we’re abiding by the peaceable journey legal guidelines of america.”
The web site for the group says they’re “Moorish Individuals devoted to educating new Moors and influencing our Elders”.
Mason mentioned he had no data of the group, however it was common for the state police to come across individuals who have “sovereign citizen ideology”, though he didn’t know if the folks concerned within the Wakefield standoff was part of that.