Armed man in custody after evacuation at Hopkinton grocery store

HOPKINTON, MA (WHDH) - Grocery shoppers in Hopkinton were forced to evacuate after police say a man ran into a Price Chopper armed with a pipe.

Police say the man wouldn’t give up the weapon and locked himself in a room.  This led to a tense standoff and left many shoppers worried.

Police say the suspect, a man from Worcester, walked into the store alone.

“He went into the store and asked the manager at the time if he could utilize the phone. He was able to walk into the room quickly and shut the door,” said Chief Edward Lee of the Hopkinton Police Department.

Police said the man armed himself with a pipe, so they tried to communicate with him; he eventually surrendered. They said it was a “quick and peaceful resolution” and that no one was hurt.

“Obviously there is some history and there are some things that have been going on in his life and in the past that, I would say, had led to this moment,” said Chief Lee.

Employees of Price Chopper say their store is quiet and has never had any problems.

The suspect was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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