Wilton Police Thwart Subject Who Had Assault Rifle, Drugs

Police intervened in a situation that could have possibly become tragic.


A man with an fully-loaded assault rifle and a cache of drugs was taken in to custody by Wilton Police yesterday before things potentially got out of control.

According to Captain John Lynch, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. the Wilton Police Department received a photograph allegedly taken by a Hulda Hill Road man, which was forwarded to them by one of his acquaintances. The acquaintance said the man might have intended to harm himself, according to police. The photograph "was of an assault rifle surrounded by medication (pills) and what appeared to be a handwritten will," Lynch said in a press release.

"Upon receiving this information it was determined that the information was legitimate and an urgent response was needed," Lynch said. "The Wilton Police Department gathered information including statements, intelligence regarding the residence, neighborhood, access and a complete history of the subject including innocent parties who may have been or could be endangered."

Lynch said the Southwest Emergency Response Team was assembled, and that the team was trained "in many different facets of emergency rescue, search, forced entry, negotiating, surveillance and snipers." Other officers were called on-scene as well.

"A command center was established with Wilton Fire and EMS placed on stand-by," Lynch said. "An operations plan was created and put into place along with contingency plans to address all possible scenarios."

Lynch said that officials evacuated several homes in the area that could have been affected by an incident, should it have happened, and that the bus company was advised to not permit school bus traffic from going near the house. A guest inside the house in question was also able to leave unharmed.

"Once this was complete, the SWERT negotiators made contact with the despondent subject by phone," Lynch said. "They were able to speak with him and convince him to exit the home peacefully. He was then taken into protective custody without incident."

Police said a fully-loaded AR-15 assault rifle was located behind the front door at the residence. 

The Hulda Hill resident was due to undergo a psychological examination, as per state law. 

Metalius Shaperium February 14, 2013 at 07:13 PM
I am not surprised by the incorrect use of the term assault weapon. It just goes to show that even the police are confused. However they should know better. The media loves to use any chance to demonize firearms and firearms owners. This is an all to often occurrence and only serves to spread fear and misinformation.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 14, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Metalius, Like this: http://www.gunssavelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Humor_funny_journalists_guide_to_firearms_ak47_glock.jpg
Jlo February 14, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Arock- nice to see another arfcommer...stick around here, we'll need you when Heahter gets back from her latest anti gun rally!
Metalius Shaperium February 14, 2013 at 08:19 PM
HA HA. I have seen that before but it cracks me up every time with bittersweet laughter. Bittersweet because it is all too true.
Charlie February 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Thanks all. The question was a bit tongue in cheek, as I've studied the laws extensively as an owner, but was hoping for the author to comment further.
Shocked in WILTON February 15, 2013 at 09:14 AM
Holy c*** does this sound like any thing and everything other than what it is. A picture, send by who in reference to who, that a person had a legal firearm in his possession, who automatically fits the new intentional category of ever expanding prohibited person? I smell a total Oswaldian conspiracy. All at best circumstancial evidence, sensetionalized by the media. Fascinating watching an agenda being enacted....in our small town.
Julie February 15, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I agree with Teddy- the police should keep an eye on these pro-assault weapon enthusiasts! Give me a break with all this "bayonet lug" and "fixed position Stag" terminology. There is only one reason someone would need a gun like this- to harm people. So call it whatever you want, but IT IS an assault weapon. I hope we ban them all.
Julie February 15, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Jlo February 15, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Julie and Teddy- the style of weapon you see there is actually responsible for the least amount of deaths of any class of firearm. Strange huh because it looks sooooo scary! Grow up.
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner February 15, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Julie - do handguns scare or upset you as well? According to the top gun control lobbyist in CT, illegal handguns are responsible for 85% of gun crime, violence and deaths. Does that not bother you? 85%! At the same time, only a single murder in all of the state in 2011 was due to a rifle, and that might or might not have been an evil and scary "military style" black rifle. Julie - why don't you worry about what we should worry about - why and how is our modern society turning our young men into killers? Whether rampage killers or street thugs, why are they diminishing the value of life to a level that makes death so easy?
Charlie February 15, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Good Lord, Julie and Teddy - do you hear yourself? You want to put police surveillance on people based on their VIEWPOINT expressed on a blog??? And just because you disagree with them and don't know what an "assault" weapon is? I hope you don't really feel that intolerant and paranoid in this community. We may disagree, but we should still treat others with civility and respect. We may be your friends and neighbors, ever think about that?
Jlo February 15, 2013 at 08:09 PM
AZ- Please, stop spouting this nonsense. Saturday night specials got their nickname because they were used in crimes. The AR platform is not the first, second, or even fifth choice of criminals. The people who blame this gun for all the world's evils are just parroting what they hear from radical anti gun groups like MMM and CAGV while completely ignoring actual facts and statistics.
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner February 15, 2013 at 09:34 PM
AZ - I hate stepping over Jlo in his desire to set you straight (I would say "right" but that seems impossible) but you are either an uniformed twit or just someone looking to get a reaction out of you ideological opposites. I think it both. Saturday Night Specials were/are piece of crap handguns made with inferior materials, bent rather than forged parts and crap barrels. Chambered in small calibers, usually .25 or .380, they were notoriously in accurate beyond a few yards and were as lieu to blow up or malfunction as they were to hit their target. They were also cheap with prices never exceeding $200 which is why criminals bought them. Oh, and they fit into a pocket easily. As for you comparison, the cheapest AR was about $700 before Newtown, now they are $900 or more and go as high as $2,000. AR are accurate, have long service lives and are usually of high quality. Beyond cost, AR neither fit in a pocket nor can they be hidden under a North Face parka. Hence, as Jlo pointed out, street criminals NEVER use ARs. School is out.
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner February 15, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Jlo - you keep using MMM for Marxh for Change. Is that a mental block (ie not MFC) or do you have another acronym in mind like Mothers Marching Madly?
Thomas Paine February 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Jlo and Charlie : http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/mass-shooting-weapons-are-not-typically-black-rifles-nor-any-rifle
Jlo February 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
CP&G- My bad, I thought they were Million Mom March or something. Can't keep all these anti's straight!
Donald Borsch Jr. February 16, 2013 at 01:58 AM
AZ, You do know that the AR15 platform is the most popular style of semi-automatic rifles today, don't you? Pretty much everyone I know has one or two of them, from myriad manufacturers. And this is not a new phenomenon. The AR15 has been popular for decades.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 16, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Heading over, Thomas!
Thomas Paine February 16, 2013 at 02:23 AM
I kinda liked it for the few days where AZ seemed to be elsewhere. He must have been deeply involved in the preparations for March for Change and now he is back with the March concluded.
Archie Bunker IV February 16, 2013 at 03:24 AM
will the NRA being rushing to town to bail this fine patriot and 2nd amendment advocate and patriot out? Every day, hundreds of new cases of GUN NUTS !
Sandra February 16, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Archie Bunker I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IggAv1Y7hBA
Chow mein February 18, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Even if it was an assault weapon, it still would not prove this man is guilty of anything. The "assault weapon" could be grandfathered due to its manufacture date preceding the assault weapon statute's effective date.
Chow mein February 18, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Doh. I guess one cannot use an AR-15 to compete in the annual U.S. National Match Championships? http://www.odcmp.com/NM/History.htm And I suppose if confronted by a rabid bear or raccoon the owner of an AR-15 would be forced to shoot himself, since these horrific, evil weapons can only be used to kill and maim innocent people, right? You must be very blissful, Julie, since ignorance is bliss.
Mark Anthony February 18, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Jlo ( I'm Sure it should be more like Jello ) whats your point. That if the gun is not involved in a high number of attacks it's must be OK.--So with that thinking lets find out which automobile was involved in the least number of drunk driving incidents and tell everyone its ok to drink and then drive that car.
Jlo February 18, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I'm sorry I don't understand your jello comment. But yes that is my point. If you want to reduce gun violence go after the people perpetuating it and find a way to keep them from getting their hands on weapons.
kathleen February 19, 2013 at 01:21 PM
The comments on this article about a disturbed person with a gun are nauseating coming a mere few months after the shooting in Newtown. I am sincerely questioning whether I want to continue living in this town and raise a child here if the above are my "neighbors". The only need for a gun is to kill. Wilton P.D. look at comments above by these fanatics! Very disturbing their extremist fervor to hold onto their weapons no matter what or who has a right to bear! What are they stockpiling for in our suburban town? What was that mother in Newtown stockpiling weapons for? Only tragedy comes from this level of obsession. Sick.
Charlie February 19, 2013 at 02:14 PM
@Kathleen - I’m sorry you feel this way, but I’ll give you the courtesy of not belittling your views when expressing an opinion. It is fine that you abhor guns, as do many people. That is your prerogative and a reasonable view, but it is not shared by all. However, that you feel the need to call for police investigation of those who point out a potential factual inaccuracy in the report and disagree with your position says more about you than your opponents, no matter how you characterize them or their arguments (“fanatics”, “extremist”). And who said anything about “stockpiling”, except you in your attempt to lump all gun owners in with Lanza's mother? Gun owners abhor the violence that occurred in Newtown and that is still occurring in our cities and elsewhere due to illegal gun use. We are working just as hard (if not harder because we’re working on solutions that will actually affect illegal gun use, rather than target legal gun owners in the hopes of affecting illegal gun use) to address flaws in the laws and enforcement and to improve security in a manner that still preserves rights. We have proposed many such solutions in hundreds of preceding posts and letters to legislators to help with that process. That process is only possible by a constructive, but honest dialogue. I and others have tried very hard to keep the contentious discussion surrounding this issue civil and helpful, and I’d ask you to do the same, for all of our benefit.
Cliff Cuming February 19, 2013 at 02:29 PM
If Lanza showed up at Miller-Driscoll or at my home,I certainly would want to have a weapon to defend my child. Today's reports indicate he was "competing" with his "hero"---the Norwegian guy who killed children last year, had thousands of dollars of violent video games and had easy access to his mother's guns. The kid was obviously mentaly ill. I'd prefer the police focus their energies on high risk individuals instead of law abiding citizens.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Charlie, You said, about kathleen: "However, that you feel the need to call for police investigation of those who point out a potential factual inaccuracy in the report and disagree with your position says more about you than your opponents, no matter how you characterize them or their arguments (“fanatics”, “extremist”)." ----------------------------- This is just the beginning, Charlie. A typical and predictable tactic, to point a hypocritical finger at those who would seek to defend the Constitution as being unhinged, fringe, and crazy. Kathleen is merely playing the role she has been assigned, and one day she will realize her desire for temporary safety has robbed her of such a right. Sad, really.
Charlie February 19, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I thought this was an interesting "picture" of the debate I see every day on these and other blogs. It captures a lot of the back-and-forth between both sides, particularly the fact that even the most reasonable gun owners are likely to respond vociferously and negatively to broad-brush "killer" mischaracterizations like the one above. http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/newtown-sandy-hook-school-shooting/hc-gunstory-mainbar-20130219,0,351028.story?page=1


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