Mattapoisett man charged after 5-hour manhunt on Acushnet Road

Nov 1, 2018

MATTAPOISETT — A Mattapoisett man is facing several charges after a domestic incident lead to a 5-hour search for a man with a gun near Acushnet Road Tuesday night. 

Joshua Farney, 23, was arraigned Wednesday at Wareham District Court and being held on $2,000 cash bail, said Police Chief Mary Lyons. 

Farney is charged with five counts of possession of a firearm without a license, five counts of improper storage of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and domestic assault and battery, according to Lyons. 

A domestic incident was first reported to the New Bedford Police Department by a female victim before the Mattapoisett Police were notified around 6 p.m.

According to a relative, Farney made threats to harm himself and others, and fired a rifle into the air at his Acushnet Road home.

After the police were notified of the incident, Farney fled to a nearby wooded area and hid.

Residents in the area of Crystal Spring Road and Acushnet Road were notified via phone to stay inside, lock their doors and to notify the police of any suspicious activity during the search. 

When Farney returned to his residence, he was taken into custody by officers around 11 p.m. A search of the home turned up five rifles not belonging to Farney, who does not have a license to possess the guns. 

Massachusetts State Police say they were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with an Air Wing helicopter assisting in the search.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team was also on scene to during the search. Officers from Acushnet, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester also assisted during the search.