Hadley police take man into custody after alleged firearm threats


Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

HADLEY — A man with possible mental health issues who allegedly made threats about using a firearm was taken into custody by Hadley Police Friday evening.

Several Hadley and Amherst police officers initially responded to an area of Route 9 near Westgate Center Drive around 4:50 p.m. to locate the unidentified man, though he was not immediately found.

“The involved for this particular circumstances stated he had a firearm and a specific plan to use it, which is why we responded with those resources,” Hadley Police Lt. Mitchell Kuc wrote in an email to the Gazette. 

At 7:37 p.m., after Amherst officers went to a home where the man had once lived at and determined he was no longer there, K9 Marvin was brought to the scene to try to track the man, who was eventually located. Kuc said the man was not found in possession of any firearms and was placed in police custody without incident.

A similar search for a man in the same location occurred a week earlier, on the night of Aug. 2, when a man made suicidal statements to his girlfriend and discussed suicide by enticing police to shoot and kill him.  That incident also had a peaceful conclusion when the man was located, with the search involving Amherst and Hadley officers and K9 Marvin, as well as a drone provided by Easthampton police.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.