Haverhill police Chief Alan DeNaro
A Haverhill officer on administrative leave after an incident with a suspect Monday on Franklin Street is not being punished or disciplined, police Chief Alan DeNaro said Tuesday.
The two-day leave is “standard procedure when an officer is involved in a life and death situation,” DeNaro said.
Police are reviewing their actions in the wake of a four-hour standoff Monday after a robbery suspect threatened to shoot at police when they tried to arrest him at his ex-girlfriend’s home at 71 Franklin St. DeNaro recounted the incident to city councilors during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
DeNaro said local and state police went to the Franklin Street home looking for 37-year-old Carlos Perez, who was wanted in connection with a string of commercial break-ins dating back to October. When police attempted to serve Perez with an arrest warrant, he indicated he had a gun and threatened to shoot police.
It is unclear whether Perez discharged a firearm, but shots were fired and Perez ran into a basement apartment at 71 Franklin St. DeNaro told councilors he was unable to provide many details about the incident because it is still being investigated.
“The words, ‘shots fired’ strike terror into the heart of a police officer,” DeNaro said. “We give them a couple of days off to recover. To spend time at home, hug their wife and their family. The officer will return to work in a day or so,” DeNaro said.
Meanwhile, Perez, of 9 Forest Acres Drive in Bradford, remains in custody as he awaits a dangerousness hearing later this month. He has been charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon in addition to the robbery charge that originally brought police to the scene.