Police: Man in Plainville threatened to harm family member, have shootout with officers

Plainville police (file)
Plainville police (file)(WFSB)
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 9:50 AM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2023 at 1:47 PM EDT
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PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) - People in Plainville were told to avoid an area of Plainville because of what was initially described as a “police incident.”

Police later confirmed that they had a barricaded suspect who was taken into custody.

They identified him as 43-year-old Angel Alvarez and said he threatened to harm a family member. They also said he threatened to have a shootout with responding officers.

Dispatchers told Channel 3 on Thursday morning that the incident happened on West Main Street.

“It was determined that Mr. Alvarez was inside his apartment with his 5-month-old child and was believed to be in possession of a shotgun,” Plainville police posted to social media. “Officers set up a perimeter around the apartment and advised nearby residents to shelter in place.”

The Capital Region Emergency Response Team was called to help.

Police said they were able to get Alvarez to pick up the phone.

“Although he initially refused to comply with our requests to exit the home, he ultimately surrendered without incident at around 9:30 a.m.” they said. “The child was not harmed and was turned over to a family member.”

Police said that a shotgun was found inside the apartment and seized as evidence.

Alvarez was charged with first-degree threatening, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with an officer, and disorderly conduct.

He was held on a $250,000 bond and appeared in New Britain Superior Court.