By Rich McKay
(Reuters) – Residents of a suburban Boston neighborhood were asked to “shelter in place” early Saturday when an armed confrontation between 8 to 10 militia members and police forced the closure of a US interstate highway. .
Two people were detained before dawn and at least one weapon was recovered, police said, following a confrontation that began after 1 a.m. along Interstate 95 in Wakefield, a city about 14 miles north of Boston. , when a Massachusetts State Police officer was pulled over. two cars.
About 10 people were in the vehicles dressed in military-style clothing and carrying rifles and pistols, police said.
The cars stopped in a damaged lane and the group’s leader told police they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for “training,” police said at a news conference.
The officer asked for identification and permits for the weapons, but people refused and dispersed into nearby forests, still armed, police said.
No shots or injuries have been reported. Police said the group identifies itself as a militia, but the group’s name was not released.
The confrontation continued into the early hours of Saturday and State Police Colonel Christopher Mason said at a press conference at 7 am: “We are committed to negotiating with them, having a conversation, we are going to use the time. The time is ours. ally in this. ” . “
Some of the group’s members were talking to police in a lane near their cars, others remained in the woods, local media, including the Boston Globe, reported.
“The self-proclaimed leader wants a lot to be known that his ideology is not anti-government,” Mason said, but added that the police do not know what his ideology is.
“But the quick, negative and dirty observation (is that) his actions have had a significant impact on the automotive public, especially since this is a holiday weekend.”
As a precautionary measure, residents of Wakefield neighborhoods near the scene were asked to stay indoors.
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