State, Andover Police Arrest Truck Driver Who Threatened to Shoot Officers

An interstate truck driver who threatened to shoot police officers was arrested by Massachusetts State Police and Andover Police early Wednesday morning.

Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement section, along with Andover police, apprehended Ronald Mockelman, 61, of Valley, Neb., after locating him in his truck outside an Andover Market Basket distribution center on Ballardvale Road. State and local police had set up surveillance of the parking lot after determining Mockelman would be making a produce delivery in his tractor trailer.

According to a national officer safety bulletin, Mockelman made numerous threats to shoot police, and specifically state troopers, after he had an encounter with police in the Midwest. He is also on federal probation in Nebraska and the subject of a warrant in Worcester County for making threats to harm law enforcement officers during a call to Uxbridge District Court.

The arrest was made without incident and Mockelman was booked at the State Police-Concord Barracks. He was arraigned in Uxbridge District Court and held on $25,000 cash bail.