Armed Man Arrested After Confrontation With Police Officer

Incident began with a spilled cup of coffee.

A Grove Street man faces multiple felony charges after an incident Thursday morning that included an armed standoff with a

Edward Brown, 39, of 4 Grove St., is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

According to information supplied by , the incident began shortly before 6:30 a.m. when officers were called to 4 Grove Street for a family disturbance. According to the caller, Brown's mother, Brown was allegedly pacing around the house with a compound bow and arrows inside the house after he had intentionally knocked over a cup of coffee.

According to Sheehan, witnesses told officers that Brown had been acting erratically all night and, as a result, had been kicked out of the house by his mother. After sleeping in his car in the driveway, he went back into the house in the morning, said Sheehan.

Brown's mother told officers she tried to get him to leave the house several times before calling the police. She told them that when he heard officers were on the way he grabbed the bow and arrows.

Officer Michael Newcomb was first on the scene and was met by Brown's mother at the door. According to Sheehan, she then ran back into the house and Brown came to the door carrying the compound bow armed with four arrows.

Sheehan said Newcomb drew his gun and ordered Brown to drop his weapon several times. Brown allegedly responded by yelling at Newcomb to drop his gun. Newcomb again ordered Brown to drop his weapon. At this point, according to Sheehan, Brown threw the bow and arrows at Newcomb and ran back into the house.

Brown allegedly fled through the house and out the back door into the wooded area behind the house.

Tewksbury police set up a perimeter and were aided by Wilmington Police. A K-9 unit was also brought to the scene. Brown was ultimately located on County road by Wilmington officers. According to Sheehan, Brown resisted arrest and assaulted two officers before being subdued.

Brown is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Lowell District Court.

Ronald August 12, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Step up and tell us all how it made you laugh.
woogha August 13, 2011 at 01:59 AM
There is nothing funny about a man who is mentally ill. Nothing funny about the danger his mother, the officers, or the heroic Kimo were in. Bows and arrows kill, this man needs help!
Mary Ellen Fernald August 13, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Some people have a strange thought of what humor is. I am glad that no one was hurt. I feel so bad for his mother. Yes, the man needs help. A little prayer for his mother to help her.
Kirsten August 14, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Mary Ellen, I completely agree. I can't even imagine the heartache this woman has suffered in dealing with her son. Nobody wants their precious child (young or old) suffering from mental illness, but it takes quite a toll on the caregiver, especially a mother. To fear your own child is an entirely different ballgame many of us will never truly understand, thankfully. Kudos to her for calling the cops, getting him the care he needs, and regaining her life as best she can. She'll finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief, that is until he's released.
Jon Doe April 07, 2013 at 08:28 PM
The police usually escalate simple situations by acting over zealous and aggressive toward the public. Mental Heath or not police cause more agitation than rationale.


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