HYANNIS – As you will hear in the following HN Audio, at around 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Barnstable Police squad cars rushed toward the Cape Cod Mall food court after receiving a vague report of a man with a gun inside his waistband or pocket. The report came in through a third party who had been reportedly flagged down by a female who may have seen a man with a gun in the area of a mall pizza joint. The initial reporting party did not want to give police her name or phone number, according to radio transmissions. As you will hear, officers quickly converged on the mall from all directions (as would be expected). As officers began to investigate, they learned that the female who had reported the alleged “gun” did not stick around and had already left the area… and therefore was not available for questioning or further clarification. All business appeared to have been operating as usual… and officers eventually cleared the call. No man with a gun had been located.
Upon listening to HN’s audio files, the call’s details seemed very vague, but when it comes to gun reports, vague or otherwise, officers cannot afford to take any chances, which is why officers arrived on scene as quickly as possible. HN is only posting this audio because of several messages received regarding an online blog post that had some worried about an alleged “gun” sighting inside the mall. According to the police radio transmissions, there does not appear to be any evidence of anyone being victimized by an assault or robbery attempt, etc..
HN spoke about the call today with Barnstable Police Sergeant Matthew Blondin and he does not believe there was any threat based on the reported information received and details learned upon investigating the report. At this time, it also does not appear to be a situation where anyone lifted their shirt and displayed a gun maliciously or on purpose. It’s a call police must respond to just to make sure… but as of now, there does not appear to have been any sort of a threat or crime committed.
(HN Note: In my opinion this is a very routine type of call for BPD officers. After listening to the audio and speaking with Sergeant Blondin, and without further information and cooperation from the alleged witness, there does not appear to have been any type of malicious incident whatsoever… but HN will update everyone if newer details to the contrary surface…)
The following HN audio includes the radio transmissions between responding BPD officers… feel free to listen for yourself.
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