Meriden standoff comes to an end - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Meriden standoff comes to an end


Meriden police were involved in a standoff with an individual barricaded inside a home early Monday morning.

Police were called to the house on Arch Street around 2 a.m. after receiving word that an unidentified man who was believed to be on drugs threw his wife and two children out of the home.

The wife told police that he was holding a knife to his own throat and was threatening to kill himself.

Emergency officials responded to the scene and brought in a hostage negotiator to try and diffuse the situation.

Meriden police ordered neighbors to stay inside and away from windows, and also evacuated neighbors from the apartment above the one with the man barricaded inside.

"All I know, there were mad cop cars out here," said neighbor Jennifer Brochu. "They were banging on the windows, doors, trying to coax him out all night long."

It was unknown why the man became involved in the standoff, but police said they believe the man was under the influence.

Neighbors in the area said this type of situation was not common and the man was known to keep to himself and was quiet.

"He's a good guy," Brochu said. "I don't know what happened at all."

Just before 8 a.m., the unidentified man was brought out of the home on a stretcher and was brought to MidState Medical Center for evaluation.

Police said charges could be brought up against the man, but the incident is being investigated.

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