Tense Police Standoff In Revere Rattles Neighborhood, But Ends Safely

REVERE (CBS) – A standoff that lasted several hours in Revere early Sunday morning ended safely, according to investigators.

Police were called to a three-story apartment building on Francis Street for a report of shots fired around 4:30 a.m.

State and local police surrounded the home after the people inside refused to leave. The North Metro Special Operations Unit was also called in to help.

Tear gas was used to force one man out, according to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe.

The incident made neighbors nervous.

“We huddled down in our basement because we were afraid of the shots.  A policeman actually went upstairs in our house, had a rifle and was aiming it toward that house,” one woman told WBZ.

“I was afraid that shots were going to start getting fired and that they were going to come through my house.”

Police surrounded the home on Francis Street for several hours Sunday. (Photo credit: Jason Marder - WBZ-TV)

Police surrounded the home on Francis Street for several hours Sunday. (Photo credit: Jason Marder – WBZ-TV)

Everyone inside eventually evacuated safely, according to Revere Police Lt. Amy O’Hara.  They are now being questioned by police.

No one was hurt.

It’s still not clear how many people were inside or what caused the standoff, but State Police said at one point a man was barricaded inside and believed to be armed.

No other information is available at this point in the investigation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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