Man charged with assault to murder after standoff in Franklin

FRANKLIN, MASS. (WHDH) - A man is facing numerous charges, including assault to murder, after firing at police officers during a standoff in Franklin Sunday, officials said.

Officers responding to reports of a man having a mental health crisis at the Spruce Pond condo complex shortly before 1 p.m. were told the man was armed with a handgun, police said. The man allegedly fired at police while they were in an armored vehicle before police arrested him using less-than-lethal ammunition.

Thomas E. McManus, 53, of Franklin, was hospitalized after being taken into custody.

He is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on six counts of assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, firing a gun near a building, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and three counts of vandalism.

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