One arrested following shots fired incident in Dartmouth

By Josh Faiola


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DARTMOUTH, MASS (WLNE) – Dartmouth police took one into custody following a shots fired call early Saturday morning. 

At approximately 2:30 a.m, Dartmouth Police responded to a home on Seabreeze Drive for a health and welfare check on a male resident who lived there. 

According to police, upon arrival, officers heard 2 gunshots come from inside the residence. 

Officers secured the scene and contacted a Dartmouth police officer assigned to the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT unit. 

The SWAT officer was able to convince the male to exit the apartment where he was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect, 54-year-old Eric Nellis was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for evaluation subsequent to his arrest. 

After the apartment was secured, and a search warrant was obtained, police recovered two semi-automatic handguns and several hundred rounds of ammunition. 

Nellis was charged with discharging a firearm within 500′ of a building, disturbing the peace, two counts of vandalism, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. 

“I am extremely pleased that there were no injuries as a result of this man’s foolish and careless actions. I applaud the actions of every officer involved in this incident, as it could have ended much differently,” said Chief Levesque. 

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