Man Surrenders After Highway Incident

A 26-year-old East Hartford man surrendered and is in police custody after a morning incident that closed Interstate 84 for about three hours.

Just after 9:15 a.m., state police closed parts of Interstate 84 in Hartford and told motorists over a loudspeaker to say in their cars as police investigate an incident on the highway.

He was taken into custody just afternoon noon without incident.

Lt. Paul Vance, of Connecticut State Police, called this a dangerous and sensitive situation involving a despondent man inside a vehicle with a weapon. He was the only person in the car, police said. 

A state police negotiator talked with the man and police closed the eastbound lanes in the area of Sigourney Street and the westbound side of the highway at Asylum Street.

Just after noon, the man surrendered to state police at the scene, police said. He was taken to a local medical facility for a medical evaluation.

Hartford and West Hartford police helped state police close the highway ramps for the safety of the man and other drivers.

Traffic was diverted off the highway onto local streets. The highway was reopened but delays were expected.

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