Manhunt called off after man points gun at officer
TAUNTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- After an exhaustive four-hour manhunt in Taunton Monday night police have suspended the search for a man suspected of pointing a gun at a police officer.
Police say 30-year-old James White pointed a rifle at an officer who was responding to a 911 call about a disturbance at a home on Rockywood Street around 7 p.m. Monday. A short while later he pointed a pistol at his own temple before taking off.
Neighboring police departments from Raynham and Dighton sent officers in to help assist with the search as well as a state police K-9 unit and the state police air wing.
Officers say white is known to police. They say he is in emotional distress and may be suicidal, though it's not clear if he is a danger to others. Still, residents were on edge.
"There's a guy in the woods, he's got a shotgun and a handgun and he was shooting at the police,” neighbor Melissa Oller said. “Somebody crazy like that walking around, anything could happen."
Police have not said that white fired his weapon, but neighbors remain concerned and are hoping for a quick resolution to a troubling situation.
White's family says they do not believe he is a threat to others. Still, officials are urging the public to stay away from him if they come into contact with him and to call the police immediately.