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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. 

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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