On 8/21/19 at approximately 4:03 PM an individual came to police headquarters reporting that he believed his father was having a mental break-down at their home on Wormwood Road. The son stated that his father had just picked up a police report from the Westport Police Department that indicated his wife was having an affair. The respondent initially refused to speak with officers and barricaded himself inside the residence. Officers also received information that several firearms were inside the home but that it was not known if the respondent had access to them.
The Fairfield Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit, which includes trained Hostage/Crisis Negotiators, were dispatched to the scene where they began negotiations for the respondent to surrender. After approximately three hours, negotiators were able to get the respondent to surrender without incident. He was taken into custody, and transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
Evacuations of surrounding homes were conducted out of an abundance of caution. There was no threat to the public at any time. The incident was resolved without injury to the subject or emergency personnel.
“We were very happy with the outcome of this operation. Officers who responded remained steadfast on their mission to protect life and ensure the safety of the community.” – Chief Chris Lyddy.
“With the help of our mutual aid partner, Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team, we were able to bring this incident to a quick conclusion ensuring the safety of our officers and the neighbors.” – Captain Robert Kalamaras