Police arrest man unlawfully armed with AR15 in Charlton

Loftus allegedly threatened to commit murder

CHARLTON — After an alleged murder threat, police quickly tracked down and arrested a man unlawfully armed with an AR15 rifle on Monday.

A disturbance on City Depot Road resulted in law enforcement being called and Tyson Loftus, one of the individuals involved in the disturbance, to flee into the woods near the residence. At that time, Charlton Police were told Mr. Loftus may be armed with a gun, according to a Tuesday afternoon press release.

Charlton Police officers Christopher Birtz and William Bedard entered the wooded area, and found Mr. Loftus walking back toward them. After securing Mr. Loftus, Officer Birtz followed footprints in the snow, which led him to duffle bag and an AR15 rifle, police reported. “The incident escalated quickly and was over just as fast,” Police reported. “It was a matter of minutes.”

Mr. Loftus did not possess an active Firearms Identification Card (FID) or a license to carry. As a result of the ensuing investigation, Mr. Loftus was placed under arrest on charges of threatening to commit a crime to wit murder, unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm, unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Mr. Loftus was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Tuesday and held without bail. He will return to court for a dangerous hearing on Friday.



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