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Police: Man accused of domestic assault had loaded rifle in Topsfield home

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TOPSFIELD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Topsfield man was taken into custody following a domestic disturbance on Washington Street early Sunday morning.

Police responded to a residence on Washington Street in the area of Main Street at about 2:46 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival at the scene, officers were approached by two people claiming they had been assaulted and threatened by a family member, police said.

The officers secured the area and requested assistance from neighboring towns and Mass. State Police.

The suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Daniel P. Morley, exited the home and was taken into custody. He is being charged with two counts of domestic assault and battery, threatening to commit arson, and communicating a bomb scare.

The scene was cleared at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

Officers searched the home for evidence related to the incident and recovered a loaded bolt action rifle, a handgun, ammunition, and numerous knives. Additionally, officers found a suspicious item that required assistance from the state police bomb squad. The item was checked and determined not to be explosive.

Morley will be arraigned in the Ipswich District Court in Newburyport.

The case remains under investigation

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