Yesterday, July 16, 2021, at approximately 6:30 PM, Pittsfield Police responded to 18 Broad Street for a report of a Home Invasion involving two masked armed individuals.

Members of the Patrol Division arrived in less than a  minute and observed one of the possible suspects run back into the residence. The tenant of the apartment was able to get out of the residence and alerted police that two other persons were in the home prior to the armed suspects entering.

Attempts to contact or locate those individuals were unsuccessful resulting in authorities treating the incident as a potential hostage situation. Berkshire County Special Response Team Commander John Murphy was notified, responded to the scene, and activated the SRT team. Broad St was shut down in the immediate area and a perimeter was set up around the residence.

At approximately 8:00 PM, two men exited the residence and were taken into custody by police for questioning. Another individual believed to be in the home at the time of the incident was treated by EMS for a facial injury.

As of 11:30 last night, members of the patrol division, detective bureau, drug unit, and crime scene services were still in the process of identifying those involved and the roles they played in this incident. This was not a random incident and there is no threat to the public. The Detective Bureau continues to speak with witnesses and review area video surveillance.

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The majority of the Pittsfield Police Department’s resources were committed to this incident. As a result, the department requested mutual aid from neighboring towns. Members of the Dalton Police Department, Lanesborough Police Department, and Massachusetts State Police assisted with the response to police calls for service within the city during this time. We thank them for their assistance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department Detective Bureau (413-448-9705), call the Tip line (413-448-9706), or send us a tip via text message by texting “PITTIP” and your message to 847411 (TIP411)

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