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Cops, Firemen Face Armed Patient in Dramatic Standoff

Cops, Firemen Face Armed Patient in Dramatic Standoff

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New Haven Register

February 20, 2010

HAMDEN, CT— Firefighters and cops are being praised for bravery when a Treadwell Street man who didn’t want to go to the hospital pointed a loaded gun at the firefighters who went to his home to help him, authorities said Friday.

Firefighters stayed calm as the man, 66, was holding the .38-caliber revolver while they asked him about his medical condition and took his blood pressure in his room in the basement of the condominium Thursday afternoon. He told firefighters he would shoot any police officers who came in, according to police Capt. Ronald Smith.

When officers arrived at about 2:10 p.m., they struggled with the man, subdued him, and then saw a 10-inch hunting knife under his body, Smith said.

When he is released from the hospital, the man will be charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct and threatening, Smith said.

Officers later seized 24 weapons, some of which were assault weapons, and ammunition from a safe during a search of the condominium. The man has a pistol permit, but police are checking to see whether the weapons are registered, Smith said. He does not have a police record.

“The firemen conducted themselves very bravely by keeping their composure. Thankfully, they were able to exit safely. The officers acted extremely heroically in bringing this case to a conclusion,” Smith said Friday. “This could have been very catastrophic. I’m very proud of the officers’ efforts.”

“I’m thankful, very thankful,” Fire Chief David A. Berardesca said. “We’re lucky to be able to tell this story today instead of a tragic story.”

Fire Lt. Charles Lubowicki, one of the firefighters who faced the gun while trying to give medical assistance, said he was happy “everything worked out and we’re here to talk about it. In a situation like this, you’re there to help the guy and as long as everyone is staying calm, with that, and the grace of God, everyone was OK.”

“It was a little bit surreal, but it was not the first time a gun was on me,” said Firefighter Adam Barletta, who once worked at a convenience store.

Firefighters were called to the house because the man was having difficulty breathing, officials said. The man’s elderly mother let firefighters into the condo and when firefighters went into the basement they saw the man reclining on his bed with a gun pointed at them, Lubowicki said.

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    Ralph8119

    over 4 years ago

    13916 Comments

    I canĀ“t remember a clean capture of an armed suspect, this one is a Hall Mark moment for me and maybe others??

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    NIce work everyone.

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    dolphinblue

    over 4 years ago

    42980 Comments

    Good job everyone involved.

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Great job by everyone involved.

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    Deltaman01

    over 4 years ago

    330 Comments

    Great Job everyone!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42212 Comments

    Absolutely the grace of God. Well done! Glad everyone is ok and this Cop hater goes to jail for a long time!

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    NewYork911

    over 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Bump LAWMANTUKES.....

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    With the situation being what it was, I think that nothing but the Grace of GOD..!! kept everbody safe. I am very proud of the Fire Fighters and Police Officers that handled this scene. They all deserve a medal for bravery. And as for the MORON that threatened these fine and brave warriors of peace, he should receive the maximum punishment allowed under the law..!!! And any thing that even resembles a weapon should be confiscated from him. And if he ever touches a weapon again or threatens another person, especially with a
    firearm, I think that maybe the outcome won't be as good for him as this one was...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Nice work everyone!

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    Gearhart

    over 4 years ago

    344 Comments

    Great job by all. Very professional for the FF to continue care and keep the man calm until PD arrived. Glad it went the way it did.

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    texaslawdawg603

    over 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    Awesome work guys!

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    revCCBeasley

    over 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Thank God....No injuries.. Good patience and great LEO work...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Good.

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    Daysend

    over 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    Wow, thats the last thing I want to happen while someone is pointing a gun at me. Thank god everything worked out ok.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    OUTSTANDING JOB BY ALL INVOLVED

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