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UPDATED: Students Held Until Avery School Area Cleared by Police

Dedham Police and Metro-LEC were engaged in a standoff with a suspect in the Avery School area Friday.

Credit: File photo.
Credit: File photo.

Dedham Police and the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC) were engaged in a standoff and worked to resolve the incident near the Avery School in town Friday involving a suspect wanted on a default warrant for an unarmed robbery. 

Updates: Friday, March 7

3:57 p.m. - Dedham Middle School officials sent a phone and email alert to parents Friday in regards to the ongoing incident. 

"Due to a police situation in the Avery school district area walking students who live in that area are not being dismissed until the area has been cleared by the Dedham Police Department. Students may be picked up by parents at the middle school. We will not dismiss students who walk in that area. Streets that are compromised in the area are Harding on the Cleveland St side, Sherwood, Birch, Fleming, and Cleveland St. The buses can get through all areas except for Sherwood. A follow up message will be sent as soon as we have more information."

Update (3:15 p.m.) - Parents at the Avery School said a call went out Friday afternoon and that students who walk home in the area were held due to the incident, according to NECN.

Original Story

Reports indicated a large police presence in a Dedham neighborhood Friday afternoon. Police would not provide details on a location in their statement.

At about 11:30 a.m. Friday, a Dedham officer saw the suspect, whom officers determined had the warrant, exit a vehicle and enter a home. 

The individual refused to respond to officers who responded to the scene, and the Metro-LEC was subsequently activated, according to a statement by Dedham Police Friday afternoon. 

The Dedham Police Department is working with the Metro-LEC and other departments to negotiate a safe resolution to the incident. 

Dedham Police would not release more details Friday. Dedham Patch will provide more information as it becomes available. 

Dan O'Neil March 07, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Status Update By Daniel Jon O'Neil Jr. Candidate for The Board of Selectman As many of you know there is a situation with a person with an outstanding unarmed robbery warrant in East Dedham near the beginning of Dedham Blvd. I commend our Dedham Police Officers for responding quickly. I commend Joe Heisler and June Dow and Principal Sullivan for ensuring the safety of the students at Avery. My prayers go out to all in hopes that a safe resolution can be brought to this situation and nobody is hurt..

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