UPDATE: Wareham Police charge man in standoff

By Jaime Rebhan & Caitlin Russell | Apr 03, 2013
Photo by: Caitlin Russell Wareham Police and State Police responded to a domestic disturbance on Ladd Avenue that resulted in a nearly four-hour stand-off.

A tense, four-hour standoff on Ladd Avenue ended peacefully at approximately 6 p.m. on Monday.

Wareham Police and State Police responded a home after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance involving a child, according to Wareham Police Chief Richard Stanley.

At the end of the standoff, Michael Mendes, 33, of 4B Ladd Avenue, was taken to Tobey Hospital for evaluation, police at the scene said. Wareham Police charged Mendes with threats to commit a crime, as he threatened to shoot officers, and disturbing the peace, Lt. Kevin Walsh said Tuesday.

The child was released from the home early in the incident, and at no time was it considered a hostage situation, police said.

Police said that an officer first spoke with Mendes via telephone during the incident, and Mendes told police that he had weapons and wanted to be "harmed" by police.

The Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) team was then called to the scene.

Mendes was apparently updating his public Facebook account during the incident, posting: "standoff wit tha police lol goodby."

A friend initially thought the post was an April Fool's joke. At 3:24 p.m., Mendes responded: "No joke got tha pic to show."

Friends then encouraged him to leave the home peacefully, and expressed relief later in the evening after hearing he made it out OK.

Police cruisers were parked up and down Sandwich Road, outside of the neighborhood.Sandwich Road was closed from the area of the golf course to Ladd Avenue for some time.

A police officer communicated with Mendes via megaphone.

"Tell us you want to move beyond today," a police officer yelled into a megaphone on Monday evening. "Tomorrow's gonna count. ... My goal is for you to be OK."

After attempts to reason with Mendes verbally were unsuccessful, officials released gas into the home, and Mendes soon exited through the front door.

The "charges were filed in the form of a summons," Walsh said, and explained that, due to medical privacy laws, the hospital could not comment on Mendes' condition or release.

Neighbors were evacuated from nearby homes during the incident, according to emergency reports.

State Police K9 units were also at the scene.

Comments (14)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Apr 01, 2013 16:02

Several police cars lined up is the understatement of the year. Looked to be at least 20 and could be more.

Posted by: mama5times | Apr 01, 2013 16:53

tons of police! Road closed now.

Posted by: WarehamLadyJ | Apr 01, 2013 16:58

I am glad that reinforcements are in place - the individuals safety and the safety of the surrounding residents are of utmost importance.

Posted by: mama5times | Apr 01, 2013 17:13

totally agree warehamladyj!

Posted by: WarehamLadyJ | Apr 01, 2013 17:32

I just hope that this person comes out alright without sacrificing the safety of others.  Barricaded situations are scary because so little is known about what is going on and what state of mind the person is in. Positive thoughts to all - the person, the person's family and all members of law enforcement. <3

Posted by: WarehamLadyJ | Apr 01, 2013 18:33

Thank goodness!

Posted by: Diesel | Apr 02, 2013 10:29

Upon my coming to the road block I asked the trooper what was going on and he answered me in a snarly two worded phrase...The roooaad is closed !! Turn around.  Nice explanation Trooper.  My hats off to your wonderful training in public awareness and relations.

Posted by: Diesel | Apr 02, 2013 10:33

Oh!!!   How dare I ask that of a PUBLIC SERVANT!!  A quick and acceptable response would been like....  We have a situation and had to close the road for your safety.  But since I am just another burdened taxpayer. I am not worthy of a answer so says the Storm Troopers of the Common Wealth.

Posted by: Haminator | Apr 02, 2013 19:12

don't take it so personally diesel. you were probably the thousandth person to ask him what was going on. i'm glad the cop was more focused on keeping traffic moving rather than indulging the curiosity of people passing by.

Posted by: bryann | Apr 03, 2013 08:26

My thoughts exactly, Haminator. I wish people could put themselves in another person's shoes. My elderly mom's house was inside the road block. I wanted to jump in the car to be with her, but knew the police did not need another distraction from their important task at hand. They did a fantastic job.

Posted by: Diesel | Apr 03, 2013 15:09

I'm not taking it personally.  I had about ten cars in front of me just turn around with out stopping to ask. I was the only one to bother asking. I don't think he was asked enough to warrant the unprofessional answer. I believe this is just the mind set of police in these day's.

Posted by: Haminator | Apr 03, 2013 15:42

in the future let wareham week do their job of letting you know what was going on and let the cops do their job of handling their business

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 03, 2013 17:13



I can understand that you would have liked a different tone of voice and specific details in response to your question.


At the same time I have empathy for the officer. My guess is that he wasn't authorized to serve as a spokesperson regarding any aspect of the incident. I also assume that the officer was doing what the officer was supposed to do - redirect traffic from the perimeter of a restricted area, be alert to and available for any changes in the situation at hand, and to that end, not allow queries to create a distraction.

Posted by: nova | Apr 04, 2013 09:36

Domestic disturbance with a child in the home.  Thank goodness Mendes let the child out.  The owner of this property may want to reconsider his choice of a tenant.


Ham, got to agree with you re Deisel.  Officer was doing his job efficiently.  Asking questions just holds up the line for everyone else.

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