BEDFORD — Police in Bedford issued a “shelter in place” advisory Tuesday afternoon after officers and firefighters responding to a medical call on Galloway Lane found a dead man in a garage and a gas line that appeared to have been intentionally turned on.
According to police, around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday police and firefighters responded to a Galloway Lane residence for a welfare check on an adult male. Upon arrival police and firefighters reported seeing a man in a garage with a large knife. Officers and firefighters also reported a very strong odor of gas in the area.
Due to concerns over a potential explosion at the home, officers and firefighters retreated, established a secure perimeter, evacuated the immediate area and issued a shelter in place advisory to neighbors.
Bedford police approached the scene along with tactically-equipped firefighters and determined the man was dead, and that the scene was safe for first responders.
The man’s identity was not released Tuesday.
Police said the gas line was intentionally turned on inside the residence.
Once the scene was secured the shelter in place advisory was lifted.
“Foul play is not suspected,” said Bedford police in a statement. The cause and manner of the man’s death remains under investigation.
Bedford police said there is no danger to the public related to the incident.
It is the second time in just over two weeks that Bedford has had a “shelter in place” advisory.
On June 24, an alert was issued after a chase and standoff. Though intended only for Bedford residents, a county-wide law enforcement warning was broadcast on cable television asking Hillsborough County residents to shelter in place, which created significant confusion for residents living in other neighborhoods and nearby communities.