Armed with an ice pick, Boston resident Shane Sullivan attempted a home invasion late Sunday night.
Plympton officers were dispatched to a home on Brook Street for a report of an armed home invader who had a gun at 11 p.m. Sunday.
Shane Sullivan, 26, failed to comply with officers when they arrived. There was a brief struggle when he would not show his hands. It was later determined that he did not have a fire arm, however he did have an ice chipping tool which he was using to strike the side of the house as well as to gain entry.
Plympton Police Chief Patrick Dillon commended his officers for showing ‘great restraint’ in subduing the suspect.
Sullivan reportedly has an address in Boston but has been staying at the Brook Retreat, a substance abuse continuation program for recovering addicts, nearly adjacent to 47 Brook St., the home he attemped to break into.
Sullivan, who according to police, was having a medical episode related to ingested drugs, was on the back porch of the home where he broke a window, a light and a storm door as he attempted to force his way in the house.
Sullivan was placed into custody by officers and evaluated by Plympton EMS. He was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth for further medical evaluation.
Chief Dillon clarified neither the homeowner nor the suspect had a firearm, which had been falsely posted on social media and on the morning television news.
Neither the homeowner or any police officers were injured.
Sullivan is facing charges of armed home invasion, willful malicious destruction of property and disturbing the peace.
Dillon expressed thanks to officers from Halifax, Carver, Kingston, Massachusetts State Police and Plymouth County Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for their assistance during the tense situation.