ENFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) — Tense moments in Enfield for much of the afternoon. Police shut down Elm street and surrounded a neighborhood after a man, claiming to be armed, barricaded himself in his home.
“At 12:20 we received a call,” Chief Carl Sferrazza said. “(A) gentleman reported that he wanted us to come to the house and shoot him. He was depressed.”
Sferrazza says the man, whose identity isn’t being released, told police he was armed with a knife. Neighbor Theresa Izzo says the town called her to pick up her son from a nearby school.
“There was a stand off on Elm Street so pick up your kid from school,” Izzo recalls from what the police phone call told her. “So I picked up my son.”
The first arriving officers to the home determined nobody else was inside the home besides the man. That’s when negotiators went to work.
“They did a great job, on the phone for about 2 hours. Got him outside far enough, talked to him for another half hour,” Sferrazza said. “Got him out just far enough where we were able to flank him on his right, taser him, and get him to the hospital but he’s uninjured and that’s most important thing.”
Police say the man was not armed when he came outside. Still neighbors say it was too close for comfort.
“I have little kids at home. Yeah it’s very scary,” Izzo said. “ Supposed to be a good neighborhood. Little surprised about it and stuff. Never know your neighbors I guess.”
Police say the man has been transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The incident is still under investigation.
Police say the suspect could face later charges.