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Armed standoff ends without incident as Danbury police help man that threatened suicide

March 15, 2019

DANBURY — City police helped a potentially suicidal man on Park Avenue Friday morning, bringing an armed standoff to an end without anyone being harmed, according to the department.

Police responded to a Park Avenue residence at approximately 8 a.m. after receiving a report that a person inside had a rifle and threatened to shoot themselves, department officials said on Facebook.

“Officers went to the location and were not able to make contact with the person. The area was secured and the Danbury Police Department Emergency Services Unit SWAT team responded to the scene with tactical officers and crisis negotiators,” said department officials. “Residents from surrounding homes were evacuated from the area for their safety. The tactical officers entered the residence and located the person inside.”

“The person was not injured and went to the hospital for an evaluation. No injuries were reported. The incident was resolved without incident at 11:30 AM.”

Police thanked the HART Transit Authority for providing a bus that allowed evacuated residents of the area to take shelter in during the standoff, as well as fire police for their help in controlling traffic.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com