8 Officers Hurt as Barn Blows Up During Standoff

It began with a 'very violent domestic call'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2018 1:00 AM CDT
Emergency personnel respond to Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven, Conn., at the scene of explosion and reported standoff Wednesday evening, May 2, 2018.   (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register via AP)
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(Newser) – A fiery explosion rocked a Connecticut town while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured, officials say. The officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast at a barn behind the couple's North Haven home Wednesday night, the AP reports. Deputy Police Chief Jonathan Mulhern would not comment when asked early Thursday if the suspect was in custody. "This is still an active, ongoing scene," he said. "This is not a stable scene at this point." First Selectman Michael Freda said the wife escaped before the explosion.

"This started late this afternoon with what was apparently a very violent domestic call," Freda told WTIC-TV, adding that it led to a barricade situation and a SWAT team being called in. He said the police "were trying to coax him ... out of the house and really try to calm the situation down. Then things took a turn for the worse with an explosion." Police were heard continuing to try to coax the man out of the house even after the explosion. "It's quite surprising," Freda said. "This is a quiet residential neighborhood. It's been a very emotional scene." Residents said that they heard the explosion and felt their own homes shake.

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