Police: Suspect yelling ‘someone was going to die today’

STURBRIDGE — A regional SWAT team was dispatched to a local apartment complex where a man was reportedly shooting a pellet gun at a maintenance worker.

According to a press release issued by Sturbridge Police Chief Thomas Ford, Kevin Parent was inside his second floor apartment when he began firing the pellet gun at a nearby maintenance worker from a window.

Parent, a resident of Building 100 at the Heritage Green complex, off of Route 20, was shouting that “someone was going to die today,” reported Ford. Police were dispatched to Heritage Green around 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, quickly securing the area and initiating contact with Parent.

According to police, Parent initially “refused to respond to police orders,” leading officers to escalate their tactical approach.

“The apartment in question was isolated and nearby residents were evacuated,” Ford reported. “The CEMLEC S.W.A.T. Team was activated and responded. Once on scene the team’s negotiators engaged the subject in conversation and the subject eventually surrendered to negotiators.”

Parent was arrested and charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon. He was transported to the Sturbridge Police Department, where he will be held pending bail.

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