HULL — Police Chief John Dunn and Fire Chief Christopher Russo report that the Hull Police and Fire Departments are currently conducting a water search for a man who went into Hull Bay late Thursday night to avoid first responders, after fleeing his home during a disturbance call.
The search began around 11:35 p.m. Thursday night, April 15, and has continued through Friday morning.
Hull Police and Fire units are receiving assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Dive Team, State Police Air Wing, Massachusetts Environmental Police and the United States Coast Guard at this time. This incident remains an active search and rescue operation.
Hull Police responded to a home late Thursday night for a report of a disturbance, which the investigation shows was over the misuse of a family vehicle. Police had prior interaction with this family earlier in the day, over misuse of the vehicle, which was later found in Boston.
A 39-year-old male resident of the home fled during the argument at the house, prior to police arrival, and officers began looking for him.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., the man was located at Cadish Avenue, near M Street, standing with two other men. As officers approached the men to speak to them, the 39-year-old fled from the officers and ran into the water.
When officers attempted to deescalate the situation and get him to come out of the water, the man refused to do so and went deeper into the bay until officers lost sight of him. The two other men were cooperative with officers and were sent on their way.
Officers immediately called the Hull Fire Department to begin a water search to locate the man.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, the search is continuing and the Massachusetts Environmental Police have deployed a side scanning sonar vessel to assist in the search.