, Salem, MA

May 28, 2013

Armed man dead after Peabody standoff

Police: Neighbors evacuated after man fired on woman and her daughters

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — PEABODY — Authorities yesterday would not release the name of man who was found dead after barricading himself inside a Peabody home during a standoff with police Sunday night.

The man appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office, said yesterday no new information would be released because the matter is still under investigation. Peabody police referred all questions to the district attorney’s office.

Police were called to 10 Monson Drive at 7:14 p.m. Sunday on a report of an “armed unwanted person,” Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto wrote in a press release.

A woman told police she was leaving the area in her motor vehicle with her two daughters when the unwanted person “shot at her vehicle several times with some of the rounds striking her vehicle,” Bonaiuto said.

“The caller was not struck by any of the rounds and neither were her two daughters aged 12 and 18,” he said.

When police arrived, they found the suspect’s car still parked in the vicinity and unoccupied, so they suspected he was still in the home. They evacuated several neighbors and called in the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s regional SWAT and hostage negotiation teams.

“Attempts to establish contact with anyone inside the home met with negative results,” Bonaiuto wrote. “A short time later the NEMLEC team utilized a robotic instrument with a camera attachment and was able to view a subject inside the home whom appeared to have suffered a self inflicted gun shot wound. The cause and manner of death of the suspect will be further determined pending the completion of the investigation.”

Bonaiuto stressed in the press release that the threat is over and there is no danger to the public.

The street was quiet yesterday, with several neighbors hosting low-key Memorial Day cookouts.

Carol Leonard, who has lived next door to 10 Monson Drive for eight years, was one of the neighbors evacuated.

“We were told to leave and we went and stayed with my daughter,” she said. They returned to her home around 11 p.m. after a neighbor called them saying the scene was starting to clear.

“It is a quiet neighborhood,” she said, noting she never thought anything like this would happen. She said she doesn’t know the relation of the “unwanted person” to the family.

Several other neighbors declined comment yesterday.

Around 5 p.m. yesterday, there were multiple cars parked in the driveway of 10 Monson Drive. Two women in the driveway declined comment.

Peabody police along with state police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office are investigating the matter.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.