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Allegedly Unstable Man Barricades Himself From Police

An allegedly emotionally unstable man kept officers at bay for five hours until they forced their way into the house, according to police.

 

An apparently emotionally disturbed person barricaded himself in a bedroom and kept police at bay for three hours Monday before they were able to get to him and get him to a hospital, according to reports.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday police got a report of an emotionally disturbed person in the area of Waite Street, Hamden Police spokesman Ronald Smith said.

"A health care professional wanted to speak with the individual due to his alleged hostile behavior," Smith said. "She asked for police assistance.

"Moments later, as officers attempted to speak with the individual, he barricaded himself in a second floor bedroom. Fearing he might harm himself, Hamden Police activated the Emergency Services Unit," Smith said.

"After hours of unsuccessful telephone negotiations, Hamden Police Department Patrol Division officers and Emergency Services Unit members were able to force entry into the bedroom, when the individual briefly opened the door," Smith said. The incident lasted a little more than five hours, he said.

The man was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, Smith said. His identity was not released.

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