Cops negotiated ‘several hours’ with man to get him to surrender

Police negotiated with a 41-year-old man for “several hours” today before he agreed to surrender on Longview Road in Shelton. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Shelton Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said two members of the Shelton Police Department negotiated with the suspect, who reportedly had been seen in his yard on Longview Road with a gun. Police responded to the scene at about 3:15 p.m.

“The negotiators were able to talk to him,” Kozlowsky said.

The situation was resolved with the man's surrender at about 6 p.m.

Heavy police response

Multiple police vehicles responded to the scene. The Shelton Police Department was assisted by the State Police as well as the Southwest Region 2 Special Response Team, a regional law enforcement entity that includes Shelton police members.

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From one end of Longview Road, where police barriers had been set up, law enforcement officers with what appeared to be high-powered rifles could be seen in the distance. K-9 dogs also were part of the response.

Police had evacuated some homes in the area and ordered other residents to shelter in place.

‘Our main priority...’

“Our main priority was to resolve this successfully and peacefully, which we did,” Kozlowsky said.

He said much of the credit for the outcome goes to how the police negotiators handled the situation. He declined to say for certain that the man was armed.

One officer at the scene described the man as being “disgruntled,” and said he had “dropped his gun” when giving up.

Uncertain what instigated crisis

The captured man was taken to the hospital from the scene and has not been charged with a crime at this point.

Kozlowsky said it was unclear what had caused the situation. “We want to find out what happened,” he said.

“Now the investigation will begin,” Kozlowsky said.

Neighbor: ‘You don’t know what can happen’

A man who was observing the situation from the end of his driveway on Laurel Wood Drive, directly across from the beginning of the dead-end Longview Road, said someone had contacted him to tell him what was happening in the neighborhood before he returned home from work.

“You don’t know what to expect these days,” the resident said. “People are hanging on a string — and you don’t know what can happen.”

Longview Road is a dead-end street off Laurel Wood Drive, which is off Long Hill Avenue south of Wesley Village and Long Hill Elementary School.