RAYNHAM (CBS) – A veteran Quincy police officer was arraigned Tuesday after he was arrested following an armed standoff in Raynham overnight.
Officer Keith Wilbur did not show his face in court as he was charged with armed assault with intent to murder. He was held without bail.READ MORE: Mass. To Receive Significantly Less Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Doses Next Week
Raynham officers were called to Wilbur’s home on Britton Street around 9 p.m. Monday for a domestic disturbance. They found Wilbur in his basement, cleaning several weapons while apparently drunk.
They were able to have a conversation with a woman inside the house, but the situation quickly escalated when they tried to talk to Wilbur. Investigators say he threatened to kill the responding officers, and fired two shots.
“In an attempt to engage the male party who was not in the same room, they received two shots fired through the door. Both police officers took the female and exited the house,” Taunton Police Lt. Paul Roderick told reporters.
A negotiator was able to get Wilbur on the phone. In the police report, the negotiator said Wilbur told them he had “lots of guns and ammo,” and spoke about a desire to have a shootout with police and commit suicide by cop.
Police say it took about three hours to reason with Wilbur, who did finally surrender peacefully by walking out into the driveway.READ MORE: Dorchester Grandmother Killed In Shooting While Sitting On Her Front Porch
There were no injuries reported.
A neighbor described Wilbur to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker as a “nice man” who had never had any problems at the home in the past. He credited police for showing restraint during the standoff.
Investigators spent Tuesday morning taking guns and ammunition out of Wilbur’s home. Neighbors say gun collecting was his hobby.
Wilbiur’s mother was unaware her son had any issues that would lead to a confrontation with police. “Everybody has their bad times and something just happened,” said Cindi Wilbur. “It’s just not as bad as what people are making it out to be.”
Wilbur, 51, was taken to the Raynham Police Department where he was held overnight. He is an 18-year veteran of the Quincy Police Department, and is now on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.
“It’s just a bad situation, my son is not like that,” Cindi Wilbur said.
Prosecutors asked for a continuance of 72 hours in Wilbur’s case, so he will return to court Friday.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports