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Stratford man arraigned for police standoff

September 13, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A Stratford man was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bond after police said he held them at bay for several hours outside his home.

Frank David, 39, of Quail Street, was arraigned Thursday before Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton on charges of breach of peace and interfering with police.

David, whose belt and shoe laces had been taken, stood calmly before the judge.

That was in sharp contrast to Aug. 31, when police said he was seeking “suicide by cop.”

Police said David’s girlfriend had called police complaining that David was armed and talking about dying. She said he told her he was very depressed and was loading a shotgun as he spoke to her, police said.

Police surrounded the house, evacuating the neighbors and closing Quail Street.

During the next few hours police said they could see David pacing around the inside of his house with a pistol. They said he continuously refused their commands to out the gun down and surrender.

But after a few hours police said David did come out and was arrested. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for evaluation.

Police said they seized a semi-automatic rifle, a 12-guage shotgun and a pistol from David’s home.

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