Axe-Wielding Suspect Apprehended After Foot Pursuit

FAIRFIELD, CT - On April 16, 2024, at approximately 10:52 PM, the Fairfield Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious individual at Hemlock Hardware, located at 1860 Post Road. Officers arrived on the scene to find a male subject, later identified as Orlando Roper (DOB: 06/21/1988) of New York, NY, behaving erratically.

Roper was observed behind his vehicle parked near an adjacent business, brandishing an axe. Despite officers' attempts to engage him peacefully, Roper made statements indicating his desire for Officers to use deadly force in order to gain compliance.

Efforts to de-escalate the situation were made, but Roper fled on foot while still wielding the axe. Officers engaged Roper in a foot pursuit across railroad tracks and eventually Interstate 95. Despite the deployment of less-lethal measures, Roper persisted in his flight until he was eventually surrounded by officers, dropping the axe without further resistance.

Orlando Roper was subsequently arrested and charged with Breach of Peace 2nd Degree (53a-181) and Interfering with Officers (53a-167a).

"We are reminded of the inherent dangers and uncertainties our officers confront daily. However, we are fortunate to have a team of dedicated professionals trained in employing less-lethal measures and de-escalation tactics. Their swift and skillful actions resulted in the successful resolution of a situation that could have tragically unfolded in a vastly different manner. We commend our officers for their unwavering commitment to preserving life and ensuring the safety of our community."

The Fairfield Police Department further extends its gratitude to our partner agencies, including the Connecticut State Police and Westport Police Department, for their assistance.

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