FULL RADIO RECORDING: MSP Pursuit of Bank Robber Anthony Miele Who Died Tuesday in 495 Standoff

Images provided courtesy of the Massachusetts State Police Association

On Tuesday evening, Massachusetts State Police were forced to shutdown I-495 on the Andover Lawrence line due to a person who had barricaded themselves inside of a vehicle with a gun to their head while wearing body armor. The incident turned into a standoff on the interstate, resulting in highway and surrounding area to be shut down for over two hours, reopening around 10pm. Drivers were warned to stay clear of the incident, and were rerouted northbound to I-93. You can listen to the full audio below:

Just before 19:00 hours a State Police Sergeant saw the suspect vehicle, a 2018 BMW 430XI, occupied by a single adult male, in a parking lot near a credit union and immediately recognized it as a vehicle wanted by the FBI Taskforce in connection to a number of recent bank robberies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. As the Trooper surveilled the vehicle and the driver he radioed that the car was on the move and began to follow it. As backup arrived, they attempted to pull over the suspect vehicle, at which point the operator began to increase in speed in an attempt to flee.

The suspect continued to flee south on Route 28 into Lawrence before entering I-495 South while Troopers continued in pursuit. At about 19:10 hours, the suspect began to slow and eventually swerved into the grass median in an attempt to cross onto the other side of the highway and then came to a stop. It was at this point that Troopers first put eyes on the suspect.

As Troopers pulled up to the vehicle they found the Miele holding a handgun to his head, according to authorities. “We have that party, he has a gun to his head” a Trooper can be heard saying on the radio recording above. Troopers established a perimeter, shut down all additional MSP assets responded to the scene, including the Department’s Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team, Crisis Negotiation Unit, Bomb Squad, Air Wing, and Troop A commanders. Additionally Special Agents from FBI Boston also responded to the scene.

The suspect who has been identified as Anthony Miele, 49-years-old of Quincy, was a suspect wanted by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, who were working with Massachusetts and Rhode Island State Police, along with Norton and Easton Police in regards to a multiple successful armed bank robbery that occurred during June of this year according to sources close to the investigation.

Images from the State Police Association of Massachusetts show traffic at a complete standstill as well as tactical officers armed with long guns and heavy body armor on the highway. According to the Association, Troopers established a perimeter and additional MSP assets responded to the scene, including the Department’s Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team, Crisis Negotiation Unit, Bomb Squad, Air Wing, and Troop A Commanders.

At approximately 9:10 p.m., State Police spokesman Dave Procopio tell us Miele discharged a single round into his head. STOP Team members then approached the suspect’s BMW, where they confirmed that the suspect was indeed shot and immediately rendered aid as they waited for emergency medical responders to approach. The suspect was transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 11:28 p.m.