Residents in Part of Guilford Asked to Shelter in Place: Police

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Update: The shelter in place for Fitch Hill Road in Guilford has been lifted, police said. They were working to resolve an incident involving a barricaded person and said the scene is now safe.  

Guilford police and several other law enforcement and public safety officials remain on Fitch Hill Road in Guilford Thursday morning after responding Wednesday for a barricaded person who officials said appears to have a gun.

Residents on Fitch Hill Road are urged to shelter in place while this incident is being resolved.  

Fire officials were dispatched to a fire on Route 80 Wednesday. Responding officers discovered a man with a gun outside the home, according to police.

Officials said the man then fled to a family member's home. The house that was on fire also belonged to the family, according to police.

Crisis negotiators and SWAT responded to try to talk with the man.

Hemlock Avenue and part of Great Hill Road in the area of Hemlock Avenue remain closed Thursday morning while personnel work to resolve the incident.

Schools in the area took precautions Wednesday.

According to the Guilford Public Schools superintendent, all outdoor activities at the Melissa Jones Elementary School and Baldwin Middle School were canceled due to police activity.

The district said it was also in contact with parents of students who live in the area and made arrangements for dismissal.

Hemlock Road and Fitch Hill Road are closed to traffic at this time. Police said Great Hill Road is also closed between Ledge Hill and 275 Great Hill Rd.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone needing assistance can call the Guilford Police Department at 203-453-8061. 

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