Wakefield, Massachusetts /
Hours of tense meeting with a group of heavily armed men in Massachusetts that partially closed Interstate 95 near the town of Wakefield —On the outskirts of Boston– It culminated with the arrest of 11 suspects, state police said.
Police initially reported nine arrests, but later detained two others. Two suspects were hospitalised, but police said it was not related to the lockdown due to underlying health problems.
The Massachusetts State Police colonel said the suspects surrendered when police tactical teams using armored vehicles narrowed the perimeter around them. Christopher Mason.
The incident resulted in the closure of a section of I-95 in both directions at Wakefield. Traffic was heavy due to the 4th of July weekend, Independence Day of the United States of America.
The incident began around 2 a.m. when police noticed two cars parked on the side of I-95 with their hazard lights on, officials said at a news conference. Mason said about a dozen people in military-type equipment and long arms and pistols were at the scene.
Men who initially refused to lay down their arms or obey the orders of the authorities, They said they belonged to a group that “doesn’t recognize our laws”.Police said. He took refuge in the forest till his arrest.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Marion Ryan said police and prosecutors should determine the charges that group members should answer when they appear in court in Woburn on Tuesday.
I-95 runs along the entire Atlantic coast from Florida to Canada. In Massachusetts, Interstate 95 runs from the border with Rhode Island in the south to the border with New Hampshire in the north. Wakefield is north of Boston.