*Replace #2* Wakefield and Studying Police Obtainable to Escort Returning Residents and Enterprise Homeowners to Houses, Companies in Shelter in Place Areas
For immediate publication
WAKEFIELD – Local and public security officers in Wakefield, Stoneham and Reading aim to provide community members with continuous information as police activities continue due to armed suspects in the area.
Wakefield and Reading area residents and business owners advised to seek refuge who are currently away from home and need to return to their home or seeking access to their business are advised to contact their local police station. either Wakefield Police Station at 1 Union St., Wakefield or Reading Police Station at 15 Union St., Reading. Residents and business owners are asked to show their ID and are escorted to their home or business by a police officer. The police are conducting a security check on the building to ensure everyone’s safety.
Areas of protection include the Parker Road, Elm Street and North Avenue areas in Wakefield and the Parker Road and Ash Street areas in Reading. There is currently no shelter in place in any area of Stoneham City.
I-95 will remain closed from Lynnfield to Stoneham and motorists are also advised to avoid this area.
Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield residents are advised to expect significant police presence throughout the day and all residents and business owners outside of the areas where protection is recommended are urged to exercise caution during their day and the opening of their businesses to stay.
Wakefield, Stoneham and Reading Police continue to be active in reacting, along with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) and Massachusetts State Police, after armed suspects encountered police on Interstate 95 this morning.
This is an evolving situation and more information will be shared as it becomes available.