WILTON, Conn. – A man who threatened to hurt himself while he was in a home with a loaded assault rifle was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he surrendered to Wilton Police.
Police responded to a home in the area of Hulda Hill Road after receiving information at about 10 a.m. that a distraught man might harm himself. The man sent an acquaintance a photo with an assault rifle, medication and what appeared to be a hand-written will, police said. Police gathered information about the home, the neighborhood and a history of the man and innocent people who might be in danger.
The Southwest Emergency Response Team (SWERT) was activated and officers from Wilton and surrounding departments were called in. Because the incident occurred in a residential area, Wilton officers and SWERT members evacuated several homes and prevented school bus traffic from going through the area. A guest at the home was advised and was able to leave the home, police said.
SWERT negotiators were able to make contact with the man and convinced him to leave the home peacefully, police said. He was then taken into protective custody without incident. Police said officers then entered the home and found a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle behind the front door. No one else was in the home and no other guns were found.
Police said the man, who was not identified, was taken for treatment and is being held for a psychological examination as required by state law. Police did not say how long the negotiations took or what prompted the man to threaten to harm himself.
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