A 55-year-old Falmouth man allegedly opened fire outside a state Department of Transportation building in Middleborough just after 9 AM this morning, and fled into a wooded area, prompting a two-hour shelter in place order for residents until police apprehended the suspect two hours later.
In a statement, Middleborough police identified the suspect as Raymond Gibson of Falmouth, and said he was scheduled for arraignment later Friday, July 9, in Wareham District Court on gun and vehicular destruction charges.
Just after 9 AM Friday morning, witnesses saw a man fire four or five shots in the area of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation public works depot, at 201 West Grove Street. No injuries were reported but two vehicles were struck by the gunfire, according to the statement.
Police searched in the heavy rain until about 11:30 AM, when Middleborough police said an officer saw a man poke his head up from a hiding place. He was lying down on the ground in the woods near where the shots were fired.
He was ordered to come out of the woods and was placed under arrest.
Mr. Gibson’s charges include discharging a firearm near a highway, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, two counts of malicious destruction to a motor vehicle and disturbing the peace.
According to Middleborough police, Mr. Gibson has a valid license to carry a firearm and the gun seized by police was registered in his name. Falmouth police have since suspended his license to carry.
“At this time it does not appear that any individuals or groups were targeted in the incident, but Mr. Gibson’s motive remains under investigation,” the statement says.
"We're extremely thankful that no one was injured in this incident,” Middleborough Police Chief Joseph Perkins said in a statement. "I want to commend the tremendous response by our law enforcement partners and others who helped to quickly set up a perimeter and search that led to the apprehension of this dangerous individual. This was not an easy response given the heavy rain from the storm and it was great work by our officer who spotted the suspect in the woods, leading to his arrest."