Police: Standoff Ends After Suspect Takes His Own Life | NBC Connecticut

Police: Standoff Ends After Suspect Takes His Own Life



    A police standoff that had one Fairfield neighborhood on high alert came to end after the suspect took his own life, according to Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara.

    A SWAT unit and police surrounded a home on Sunnyridge Ave just after 8:00 p.m., when Douglas Garni barricaded himself inside after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

    Police said that Garni hit his girlfriend over the head with a gun and threatened to kill her. She managed to escape a short time later and contact police.

    According to police, the man had a significant amount of fire power, including 2 or 3 assault rifles, said Chief MacNamara.

    Authorities evacuated more than 20 units at Colonial Garden Apartment Complex during the armed standoff.

    Police said the barricaded man had been calling friends for help and officials were unable to make contact with the suspect.

    "We never made contact with individual and he chose to take his own life," said Chief MacNamara.

    Police are investigating.