Man Who Was Barricaded in Groton Home Is in Custody

A man who was barricaded in a house on Fleming Court in Groton for more than four hours Friday morning is in custody, according to police, and no injuries are reported.

Police responded to the home at 5:23 a.m. to conduct a welfare check after a woman called and said her estranged boyfriend, Robert Patterson, 52, of Groton, was heavily armed and acting irrationally, police said.

Patterson was alone in the house and indicated that he sought “death by cop,” according to a news release from police.

At 6:30 a.m., police alerted neighbors to shelter in place and a SWAT team and hostage negotiator were brought in.

Patterson surrendered to police at 9:43 a.m. and police served him with a warrant for a previous incident that charged Patterson with charged with strangulation in the second degree, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in the third degree. Bond was set at $10,000 for that incident.

Charges for the incident Friday included first-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace. Bond for those charges was set at $50,000.

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