CT police officers injured in explosion while responding to domestic call

May 04, 2018, 09:52
CT police officers injured in explosion while responding to domestic call

Two of the injured officers were released from the hospital Thursday, according to Freda, who said the others who remained hospitalized were in good spirits.

Police were initially called to the scene on reports that a man was holding his wife hostage inside a home. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

A CT hospital says it's treating seven people who were injured when a barn exploded behind a house where police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage. There are five officers injured from East Haven, three from North Haven and one from Branford.

A town official says officers had responded to the home earlier in the day and were trying to coax the man out when the explosion happened.

Court records show a divorce proceeding between a husband and wife who own a CT home where an explosion injured nine police officers during a standoff with a suspect.

Police added that while this stemmed from a domestic incident, the woman was not home at the time of the explosion and that this was not a hostage incident.

A CT woman's call to police to report that she had escaped after being held hostage for several days led to a standoff and explosion in a barn behind her home that left one person dead and nine police officers injured, officials said Thursday.

First Selectman Michael Freda says the officers suffered cuts, abrasions and bruises, but their exact condition and that of the suspect and his family weren't immediately known.

Multiple law enforcement officers are injured after a standoff Wednesday night between police and a man who was holding his wife hostage in their CT home that ended in explosions.

Last night in a press conference North Haven First Selectman, Micheal Freda, said regarding the situation, "today it had been going on for hours and then apparently it had been going on three days prior". "North Haven is very thankful that there were no fatalities, no life threatening injuries".

North Haven resident Joan Mazurek, 76, a retired accountant, heard what she thought was a train at her home about a mile away from the scene - only it was the explosion.

He said, "I was absolutely delighted, Jocelyn, to see how upbeat and positive they are".

A house in CT has exploded while police and a SWAT team were outside, responding to a report of a barricaded person.

"North Haven shook. I mean everyone heard it", neighbor Nancy Sundwall told the New Haven Register. Sounds of smaller explosions also were heard.

Police have not released any details about why they were on the scene, but issued road closures and asked that people to avoid the area. The property where it happened burst into flames and was still burning more than four hours later, filling the neighbourhood with smoke.

State police say they are assisting with the investigation.

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