FAIRFIELD — A suspect who police said barricaded himself inside a central Fairfield home was taken into custody Tuesday after a seven-hour standoff.
The incident began with a 1:27 p.m. call to police reporting a family dispute on the 1100 block of Cormorant Court. It ended just before 8:30 p.m., shortly after police deployed the last of several flash-bang devices.
Not long after a number of officers in the area rushed in the direction of the house, Sgt. Matt Bloesch confirmed that police had the suspect in custody. Bloesch did not provide the suspect’s name, nor did he have potential charges for the suspect.
Police said in an earlier news release that the standoff began when callers reported a family member was damaging property and threatening residents with a firearm. When officers arrived, they were able to get the residents out of the house.
After that, the police negotiators and SWAT team members tried to make contact with the suspect, who remained unresponsive for several hours.
Officers blocked off Cormorant Drive from Cormorant Place to East Tabor Avenue for the duration of the standoff as uniformed police and SWAT team members swarmed the area. Police searched yards and even had a sniper stationed on a rooftop on Cormorant Place, behind the house where the suspect was.
Police deployed the first of several flash-bang devices shortly before 5 p.m. Close to a dozen gas canisters were fired into the home throughout the evening in an attempt to force the suspect out, but he remained holed up for hours, bringing the neighborhood to a standstill.
After the first flash-bang device was deployed, Lt. Randy Fenn said the negotiators had yet to make contact, but were continuing to try.
Bloesch said no one was evacuated, although people who live on Cormorant Court were not able to get to their homes for most of the afternoon and evening. Officers escorted others who lived behind the police tape.
At 6:24 p.m. the first of the gas canisters was fired with another three about four minutes later. A light odor of sulfur hung in the air along Cormorant Place, behind the house, shortly thereafter.
By 7:16 p.m., police had moved to tear gas, the remnants of which had officers and others on the street sneezing. A Fairfield fire truck and an ambulance arrived at 8:29 p.m.
Minutes later, Bloesch said the medics were checking out the suspect as a precaution.
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