Man arrested after standoff in Bliss Corner

Aug 20, 2022

A Dartmouth resident was arrested following a six-hour standoff with police at his Bliss Corner home on Saturday.

The incident began at 10 a.m. after officers attempted to arrest Jack Bradford Gifford, 20, according to the Dartmouth Police Department.

Police said as officers attempted to arrest the 20-year-old, Gifford allegedly armed himself with a knife and barricaded himself inside his Dartmouth Street home.

Following several unsuccessful attempts to get Gifford to exit his residence, negotiators and S.W.A.T. team members from the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council were requested.

Once those negotiations failed, a decision was made for S.W.A.T. team members to enter the residence, during which time police said Gifford exited peacefully.

After being taken into custody, Gifford was transported to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, where he is under evaluation.

Along with the outstanding warrant, Gifford will face several charges associated with the standoff.

Police did not specify what the exact charges were.

“Chief [Brian] Levesque and the members of DPD would like to thank all of the involved agencies, as well as the community, for their support and understanding during this prolonged incident,” the Police Department said in a Facebook post.