Man Taken Into Custody Following Police Activity on Shepard Road in West Hartford: Police

A 25-year-old man has been taken into custody following police activity on Shepard Road in West Hartford early Monday morning. 

Officers said they were called to a home on Shepard Road around 4:11 a.m. after getting a report of a suicidal person who was armed with a knife, threatening to harm himself and others.

A neighbor said police rang their doorbell six to seven times and told them to get their family out of the house. At first, the neighbor said he was afraid to come out, but police said it was safe and they were evacuated down the block. Officers evacuated houses that were nearby.

Police closed the road while they tried to make contact with the man. A neighbor said he heard police call over a speaker for a person to come out of the house several times. Officers said at first the man was uncooperative and would not respond to police, but after a short time, he voluntarily exited the house and was taken into custody without incident. 

The man was sent to the hospital for an evaluation. 

Officers said several guns and weapons were removed from the home. Our crew at the scene reported seeing police remove multiple items including a tactical vest, long guns and handguns, ammunition boxes, a crossbow, an ax, a sphere with spikes coming out of it, other weapons and a bag of medicine containers.

When the man is released from the hospital, he will be charged with first-degree threatening, unlawful restraint in the second degree, two counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, 14 counts of illegal possession of high-capacity magazine and disorderly conduct, according to police.

The incident remains under investigation.

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