Woman in Custody After Barricading in Groton Home

A woman is in custody after barricading herself in a home on Morse Avenue in Groton from late Thursday night into Friday morning, according to police.

Police identified the woman as 50-year-old Kristen Anderson.

They said they received a phone call just before midnight that she was at the home and had a gun.

Police chief Michael Spellman said Anderson is the subject of a protective order issued in connection with a domestic violence situation and was not allowed to be at the residence. He added that she is a felon and should not have a gun.

Anderson barricaded herself in the home, so police closed several streets in the neighborhood and residents in the area were told to shelter in place as state police tactical unit brought in negotiators to negotiate with Anderson. The incident ended after 6:30 a.m.

“They greatly assisted us to bring it to a positive resolution,” Spellman said.

He called the incident a volatile situation and said there was a successful resolution.

No one was injured during the incident and police said no gunshots were fired.

It’s not clear what the charges against Anderson are. Spellman said police are obtaining a search and seizure warrant for evidence.

As a precaution, school officials delayed the start of school at Marine Science Magnet High School and West Side Middle School for two hours.

West Side Middle School will start at 9:30 a.m. and Marine Science Magnet High School will start at 10:05 a.m.

"The impact to Groton Public Schools was to West Side STEM Magnet Middle School. Early this morning we initiated an emergency two-hour delay, which was communicated to the families of students that attend that school. We also communicated the potential of a cancellation, if necessary. We have since contacted parents / guardians a second time to confirm the two-hour delay, given the matter has been resolved," Supt. Michael Graner said in a statement.

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