, Mass. (AP) — Police
said a group of heavily armed men refused to cooperate with officers after a traffic stop in Massachusetts
on Saturday morning.
Wakefield police said in a statement that eight men armed with rifles and handguns exited a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 95, claiming to be members of a group that "does not recognize our laws" before fleeing into the woods.
The men, according to the Massachusetts State Police, were “refusing to comply with orders to provide their information and lay down their weapons.”
Two suspects were apprehended by members of @NEMLEC on North Ave in Wakefield. MSP took custody of them and transported them to one of our barracks. The situation is ongoing with remaining members of the group, and we are working to resolve it peacefully. https://t.co/1bZWM1vYKS
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) July 3, 2021
The agency later tweeted that two suspects had been apprehended, and that officials were still looking for the rest of the group.
According to state police, I-95 in Wakefield was closed in both directions.
: @MassStatePolice on I-95 North in Wakefield. Police say that after a traffic stop, 8 men armed with rifles and handguns fled into the woods and are refusing to comply with orders. Men told @WakefieldPD they are “part of a group that doesn’t recognize our laws”@boston25 pic.twitter.com/x7xLfdOsNY — Julianne Lima (@JulianneL
Wakefield and nearby Reading residents were advised to lock their doors and take shelter.
According to Wakefield police, no threats were made, but the men were armed and dangerous.
The scene as seen from a distance on Rt 95/128 northbound. https://t.co/WXEWjCvmdk
pic.twitter.com/kkY3nHkJbt — Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) July 3, 2021