Jennifer Smola

MANSFIELD: A police standoff lasting more than 26 hours ended Tuesday when a man who police said repeatedly fired shots at officers from a house was shot and taken away in an ambulance.

David Parker, 58, was taken to a nearby hospital late Tuesday morning after he was shot by law enforcement officers, said Mansfield Law Director John Spon. Officials didn’t immediately comment on his condition.

The shooting brought an end to the confrontation that began around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Spon said a gas company worker went to the home to turn off the gas after residents there failed to respond to efforts to conduct a regular leak test. The utility worker called 911 after Parker came to the door with an assault rifle, Spon said.

“The employee then basically fled the area, immediately calling 911, and that’s what started this off,” he said.

Spon said Parker — who hadn’t been formally charged Tuesday — shot at officers throughout the day Monday, and was “definitely shooting with intent to kill law enforcement officers.”

Throughout the 26½-hour ordeal, police peacefully asked Parker to come out about 300 times, Spon said.

As the standoff stretched into the evening Monday, authorities turned a fire hose on the home, trying to flush Parker out. Spon said crews tried similar efforts Tuesday morning, and the home likely suffered significant damage due to flooding.

The home is believed to be owned by Parker’s brother, who has been living out of the country.

Police also tried using robots with cameras in the standoff, but Parker shot at at least one of the devices, Spon said.

Police haven’t commented about his possible motives. Spon said efforts to get Parker to talk to one or two individuals who knew him weren’t successful.

Neighbors were asked to leave the area amid the standoff. Electric and gas were also shut off at the home and others nearby.

Bomb squad officials planned to search the home after Parker was taken away. Some that know Parker indicated to police that he had expertise in explosives, Spon said.