[anvplayer video=”714244″ /] WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Several dozen officers were involved in a manhunt for an armed assault suspect in Westport Saturday night.
“They told us to stay in the house,” said Sean Leach, who lives on the quiet dirt lane off of Division Road. “We saw about 20 or 30 different types of police cars – state, armored vehicles, police sheriffs…the police helicopter circling above, and K9 units.”
Police were searching for 43-year-old Paul Boudria, after receiving a call from family members that he assaulted them with a gun. Police say Boudria threatened a female relative with a rifle, hitting her in the stomach with the butt of the weapon, and hit her 13-year-old daughter in the face.
Police say Boudria then fled into the nearby woods, armed with the rifle they say he was carrying illegally.
“We got a robo-call probably about 10 o’clock that there was an armed suspect in the woods. A white male with a red sweatshirt,” Leach said.
Police used infrared technology from above, and K9s below, to track Boudria. More than 40 officers were involved. It was a K9 who eventually traced him at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, ending an intense six hours in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.
“This is a pretty quiet part of town, and not much goes on here,” Leach said. “The only problems we have here are with deer and raccoons. Not more of anything else, so this was a surprise.”
Police found the rifle in some bushes.
Boudria is being charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a child and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held on bail until his arraignment Monday morning.
Neil Remiesiewicz contributed to this report.
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