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A sniper takes position on a rooftop during a standoff near Cormorant Court in Fairfield, Tuesday. The standoff began around 1:30 p.m. and continued into the evening. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Standoff shuts down Fairfield neighborhood

By From page A1 | February 05, 2014

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.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


Discussion | 14 comments

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  • The MisterFebruary 05, 2014 - 6:49 am

    How did we handle these things before the militarization of our local police forces?

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  • bobFebruary 05, 2014 - 8:33 am

    ...at least SWAT didn't "waco" the house.

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  • billFebruary 05, 2014 - 8:45 am

    LMAO if it was ATF bye bye house

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  • M.J.BaumannFebruary 05, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    What ever happened to "Herbie" the talking Police Car????

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  • KSFebruary 05, 2014 - 7:34 am

    I live next door to the home where this took place on Cormorant Court. The residents of Cormorant Ct WERE evacuated by swat. They went to every door and told us we had to leave and escorted my family to our car making us stand behind sheilds. It was a dangerous situation and evacuating was a smart choice, not sure why officer bloesch would say no one was evacuated.

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  • Matt BloeschFebruary 05, 2014 - 10:53 am

    I apologize for the mix up. At the time of the interview, I had not been made aware of the evacuations. In a dynamic event such as this one, sometimes information doesn't flow as smoothly as we like. On that note, though, I'd like to thank you and all of your neighbors for all of your patience and understanding last night. Your cooperation really helped the situation and allowed the officers on scene focus on bringing this situation to a peaceful resolution. Thank you!

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  • KSFebruary 05, 2014 - 11:04 am

    No sir, THANK YOU and your team! Your service is greatly appreciated by myself and my family.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 05, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Nice classy response, I appreciate that! I wish more of you would participate here. Have a good day!

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  • M.J.BaumannFebruary 05, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    The Fairfield Police in general are a great PD. I'm glad they do such a good job! Thanks Guys and gals!

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  • FF64February 05, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    A few officers do post confidentially. They are "discouraged" from doing so by the dept.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 06, 2014 - 6:29 am

    FF64, that make sense I get it. But I do appreciate those of you that come in occasionally!

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 05, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    Gee, like I look forward to an armed intervention and militaristic combat in my neighborhood. Was it always like that or was it different 50 years ago? What have we become as a nation and society when we have to have heavily armed combat troops corrousing through the streets? It just looks bad. What am I supposed to tell my kids? Gee, Johnny, we should be thankful that we need more and more rough men ready to do violence so we can call ourselves ''safe''.

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  • FF64February 05, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    Yes they are and yes they do!

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  • PornacFebruary 05, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    Now if we just all had guns like in the photo. There would be much less crime.

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