Gunshot Report Turns Out To Be Backfiring Motorcycle

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

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HARWICH – A SWAT team converged on a Long Pond Drive home late Tuesday following a report of gunshots being fired, but the incident turned out to involve a backfiring motorcycle and several “highly intoxicated” occupants of the home.

A 911 caller to the Massachusetts State Police at about 9:30 p.m. reported a domestic incident at the residence involving knives and a gun; the caller also reported that shots had been fired.

Harwich Sergeant Aram Goshgarian and officers Jim Connery, Tom Griffiths and Ron Ruggiero responded and encountered a person running toward the residence in question. The person reported that there were more people inside, and police were able to establish contact with the occupants and order them outside, according to a Harwich police press release.

One person came to the door but refused to follow the commands of officers. He went back inside and locked the door, at which time police requested the help of the Cape Cod Regional SWAT Team.

Fifteen minutes later the remaining occupants of the house came out and were detained. After questioning it was established that the sound of gunshots had come from a backfiring motorcycle operated by one of the residents. A search revealed no weapons. At the conclusion of the two-hour incident, all involved were released.

“Several of the involved were highly intoxicated, which is believed to have played a role in the incident,” police said.