A portion of Hillcrest Avenue was closed for several hours Friday while police attempted to make contact with a person who had barricaded themselves in an apartment.
By Ronni Newton
West Hartford Police said late Friday that a subject who had barricaded themselves in an apartment on Hillcrest Avenue has been taken to an area hospital for evaluation and Hillcrest Avenue has reopened to vehicle traffic and pedestrians.
The incident remains actively under investigation, but police said they initially responded to a report of “possible projectiles entering an apartment and causing wall damage” on Hillcrest Avenue at 2:40 p.m. Friday. Neither the nature of the projectiles nor the damage caused was provided, but police did say there were no reported injuries.
Assistant Chief Larry Terra said in an email that when officers attempted to make contact with a resident of an apartment neighboring the one that had been damaged by projecctiles, that individual barricaded themselves in the apartment and refused to communicate with police.
An individual familiar with the situation who did not wish to be identified told We-Ha.com that while area residents were not requested to evacuate, there was an extensive police presence, and officers with megaphones were requesting that the individual who was barricaded “come out with hands up.”
Hillcrest Avenue between Stevens Street and Abbotsford Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic as well as pedestrians during the standoff, but by 9:30 p.m. had reopened once the individual who had been barricaded was in custody of police. No injuries were reported to any parties, police said, but they did not release details of how the stand-off was resolved.
According to police, West Hartford’s Emergency Services Unit, assisted by the Capitol Region Emergency Services Team, West Hartford Police patrol officers and detectives, and the West Hartford Fire Department and AMR “were instrumental in bringing this situation to a safe resolution.”
West Hartford Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed contact them at 860-570-8860 or via the anonymous tip line 860-570-8969 or by email at [email protected].
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