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PD: Standoff in Brookfield ended peacefully

January 13, 2019

BROOKFIELD — A standoff that lasted more than five hours in town Friday night ended peacefully, and the subject was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, police said Saturday.

The parents of a 25-year-old called Brookfield police around 3:45 p.m. Friday to report their son was suicidal and left their house on Nicoles Court in a car to buy drugs, police said in a news release. Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, the parents called police again and said their son was home.

“Before police arrived, the parents attempted to get him to agree to medical help but they said he shot at their vehicle with a crossbow, flattening one of the vehicle’s tires,” police said.

The parents ran up the driveway and met with arriving Brookfield police units to tell them their son had retreated inside, armed with the crossbow, and would not come out.

Officers stationed themselves around the 5,000-square-foot home and tried — unsuccessfully — to establish a line of contact with the 25-year-old. Then, Brookfield police called in help from the Danbury Police Department Emergency Services Unit, Newtown police and New Milford police.

Numerous attempts were made to try to contact the 25-year-old via telephone and loudspeaker and a drone was used to observe the area. After a few hours, Brookfield police said, the ESU team and a Brookfield K9 unit gained access to the home and went inside to find the house empty.

Units canvassed the surrounding wooded area using infrared cameras and soon found the man hiding in the woods, about 40 yards from the house around 11:40 p.m., police said.

“The individual, who was shoeless and suffering from prolonged exposure to the cold, appeared to be otherwise unharmed,” Brookfield police said. “He was taken into protective custody by Brookfield police and transported ... to Danbury Hospital for medical evaluation and treatment.”

The incident remains under investigation by Brookfield police.

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