MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) - The Middletown Police Department SWAT Team, Police Negotiators, and detectives from the Major Investigations Unit arrested 49-year-old Matthew Springman during an ongoing firearms investigation.
Detectives had obtained a search and seizure warrant for the 188 Newfield Street home.
Springman was suspected of stealing firearms from another residence in Middletown. Police believed Springman was in possession of multiple high-powered rifles and numerous handguns.
The area of NewField Street was temporarily blocked for the safety of the community. SWAT Operators approached the residence using the department’s rescue car for the safety of the officers as well as Springman’s neighbors.
Negotiators were able to make contact with Springman using the car’s PA system and he followed their request to make contact via phone.
Springman then exited the residence peacefully without incident.
The roadway was reopened shortly after Springman’s surrender. Police remained on the scene to complete a search.
Springman was taken into custody on two outstanding re-arrest warrants for Failure to Appear. During the search of the residence, detectives discovered 6 handguns, 8 rifles, 34 boxes of assorted ammunition, and multiple high-capacity magazines.
Springman is a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing firearms. He was subsequently charged with, 14 counts of criminal possession of a firearm, 1 count of illegal possession of ammunition, and 1 count of illegal possession of a high-capacity magazine.
He is currently held on 250,000 bond.