Police Spend More Than 2 Hours Luring Out Man With Knife in Willimantic

Police spent more than 2 hours on Wednesday to lure out a man armed with knives inside a Willimantic home. 

Residents were being asked to avoid the heavy police activity at the scene in the upper section of Mansfield Avenue.

Police said they responded to the area at 12:45 p.m. for an agitated man throwing items around the house and causing a disturbance. 

The man in his 20s ran into an upstairs room within the house and shut the door when he was approached by responding officers. 

He indicated to police that he was going to hurt himself or attempt to jump out a window if they tried to speak with him. Police said an investigation found that he was armed with two knives. 

The other people inside the home were evacuated and police established a perimeter around the house for safety, while SWAT responded to the scene. 

After nearly 2 and a half hours of negotiation at 4 p.m., the man walked out of the room unarmed and was detained by police. He was sent to the hospital for evaluation. 

No serious injuries were reported.

Criminal charges may be forthcoming. 

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