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PD: Man crashes car into building, barricades self in storm drain

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WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

A man crashed his truck into a wall and then barricaded himself in a storm drain while Windsor Police tried for hours to talk him out. 

Police said the man was clearly emotionally distraught and dealing with mental health issues. 

"Christopher, don't go back in. Come back out we're going to help you," a crisis negotiator said to the man. 

On Friday evening, the man crashed his truck into the wall of an underpass below Route 291 and then ran down into a storm drain. 

"All I heard was 'boom' and I was like wait a minute, stop. I stopped and I got the kids down. Next thing you know, the cops had their guns out, it was crazy," said Maya Nance of Windsor. 

Police quickly closed off more than a half mile stretch of Windsor Avenue and feverishly searched the drains. Finally they located the man in a part of the drain across from the Windsor Shops Plaza. 

"He threatened the officer saying, 'I have a gun, don't come into the tunnel or I'll shoot you,'" said Chief Donald Melanson of the Windsor Police Department. 

Police threw a flash grenade into the storm drain. It was used as a technique to take the man into custody. He was put on a stretcher and take to Hartford Hospital. 

No gun was found by police. 

The man will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police have not released the suspect's name or if he is facing any criminal charges. 

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