Waterford Police standoff after end of welfare check

A 69-year-old man, armed with what turned out to be a BB pistol, detained police for 20 minutes.

WATERFORD, Connecticut – A 20-minute police standoff Monday night ended peacefully when the occupier, who was armed with what turned out to be a BB pistol, surrendered to officers.

Police said they were called to Spithole Road for a welfare check for a 69-year-old man around 8 p.m. at the request of family members who were already at the scene.

When officers attempted to make contact, the man came to the front door with a handgun, finger on the trigger, and asked everyone to leave the property. Officers returned and were able to remove family members and a tenant from the ground floor.

The man came out of the house yelling at the officers while holding the handgun. The police set up a perimeter and closed the road.

After 20 minutes, the man surrendered to the police. He was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for observation.

Police found the gun inside the house and determined it to be a BB pistol.

“We had an armed individual barricaded himself in a house on Spithead Road, he came to a peaceful resolution, the person eventually surrendered to our officers and was taken to hospital for treatment. “Chief Brett Mahoney said in a statement.

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