Police: Man Barricaded in Avon House Until 3 a.m. Monday [Update, 7:43 a.m..]

The man, who is armed, is alone in the house, according to Avon Police. Nearby residents have been evacuated.

Update, Dec. 31, 7:43 a.m.

The standoff ended at 3 a.m. and the man barricaded was identified as Brian Benjamin, 54.

For further details see the latest story we have posted by clicking on the link provided.

Update, Dec. 30, 11:28 p.m.

A man is still barricaded in his Lovely Street home and people living nearby remain evacuated from their houses, police said just before 11:30 p.m.

Lovely Street is still closed between Hollister Drive and Old Wheeler Lane.

Police have not released new information at this time, but Patch will provide updates as they become available.

Update, Dec. 30, 10:09 p.m.

The man is still barricaded in his home, police said.

Update, Dec. 30, 9:50 p.m.

As of 9:50 p.m., it is unclear how long the portion of Lovely Street between Old Wheeler Lane and Hollister Drive will remain closed, according to police.

Part of the road has been closed since Sunday afternoon near a Lovely Street home where an armed occupant barricaded himself inside.

As of 9:50 p.m. people living nearby who were evacuated still have not been permitted to return to their homes, according to police.

Update, Dec. 30, 6:11 p.m.

In a press briefing with Avon Police Chief Mark Rinaldo and Lt. Kelly Walsh, police said that a man in his 50s is still barricaded in a Lovely Street home and he is the only occupant.

A regional negotiator is now speaking with the man, Rinaldo said.

Police arrived on scene earlier this afternoon after a woman dialed 911 around 2 p.m. to report an incident with the man, who is her roommate. The woman fled the home, though police do not believe the woman was in immediate danger when she left. Police did not release the specifics of the 911 call.

Walsh declined to identify the man or the woman.

As of about 6 p.m., the man had not made any demands or threats to himself, police said.

There is no verification at this time as to what kind of weapon he has in his posession or how many. It is not believed any shots were fired, according to police.

Police from Avon, Farmington, Simsbury and a regional SWAT team are on scene and Walsh said it is still an active scene. It is not clear at this time how much longer the situation will persist.

The people living nearby who were evacuated have not been allowed to return to their homes at this time, police told reporters at the press conference. Police have not confirmed at this time how many were evacuated.

Lovely Street is now closed between Hollister Drive and Old Wheeler Lane, not far from Roaring Brook School, which is out of session due to the holiday break.

Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.

Update, Dec. 30, 5:59 p.m.

Police will be holding a press conference shortly, so we should have an update for you soon.

Original Story

Lovely Street has been closed between Country Club Road and Old Wheeler Lane after a man reportedly barricaded himself inside 373 Lovely Street.

According to Lt. Kelly Walsh of the Avon Police Department there is only one person  - a male - in the house. He has at least one weapon, Walsh said. She also said that Avon Dispatch was speaking with the man and trying to communicate and that a regional negotiator was on the way to the scene at 3:30 p.m.

Officers from Avon, Farmington and Simsbury along with members of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department and AMR ambulance services were also on scene. Walsh said she did not have any additional information at that time. 

Avon Police also said nearby homes are being evacuated. The suspect is believed to have a gun, police told the Hartford Courant, and was threatening harm.

Patch will update the story as new information becomes available.

kim morrison December 31, 2012 at 01:55 AM
The Avon PD is so inadequate they really are over paid unprofessional officers I can understand exactly why this situation has not been resolved. Please pray for the citizens in this community that actually have to trust the avon PD!
Aj C December 31, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Ms. that is a ridiculous thing to say. Why do you say that, These people protect you and you insult them. I bet the only reason you say that is because an officer gave you a ticket. These men and women work 16 hour days, on christmas, in horrible weather, and put their lives in danger to protect the citizens of Avon. I and most people should be thankful of these brave men and women.
Philip Co December 31, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The SWAT Team is regional, made up of officers from several different departments.
Saul Freedman December 31, 2012 at 02:58 AM
What an ignorant remark Steve.
Saul Freedman December 31, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Straw purchasing is illegal Jim, you should know that as a former police chief.
Philip Co December 31, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I've had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Chief Rinaldo, Lieutenant Walsh and several other members of the Avon Police Department, and found them all to be professional and compentent law enforcement officers. As a resident of Avon, I'm glad that they're on the job. Perhaps you should make an effort to get to know the department a little better. They're good people.
Ali C December 31, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I'm happy to trust the Avon PD, and grateful to have men and women who still choose to put their lives on the line every single day. These officers have been out there, all day, freezing their butts off, not sure exactly who or what is inside. Let's not forget, someone called 911, someone who lives there, so until the police know FOR SURE that there is no threat, they can't take any chances. After Newtown, and after the firemen and first responders were AMBUSHED in upstate New York, you got a LOT of nerve, kim morrison to criticize the police when you're warm at home trolling on local news sites. (by the way, are you really using your real name to spout such ignorance?)
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Hey all. The latest update I have, as of around 10 p.m. is that the man is still barricaded in the home. Lovely Street is still closed between Old Wheeler Lane and Hollister Drive and nearby residents remain evacuated. http://patch.com/A-0Hjn
Marci December 31, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I hope he'll be alright. The neighbors Patch says are evacuated so they're safe but I feel sorry for this man. He didn't attempt to hurt the woman who ran I just read above somewhere. Holidays can be depressing. Perhaps he can't cope. I've NOT READ ANYWHERE THAT HE THREATENED ANYONE.. Sorry, after the hardest holiday week of my life with my brother in John Dempsey since Friday before Christmas and now today knowing he most likely will never live on his own or in his home again as at times he doesn't even know where he is my heart breaks for this man.. I hope they can help him so he doesn't hurt himself.. Life isn't easy anymore.. I don't know anyone on Lovely Street or even the house value level. But, I do know that the COL in town had tripled this past year and perhaps he's falling apart.. I don't want anyone else to die.. I pray to God they can talk him out of whatever has tipped him off balance... So much sadness and despair among many of us.. What's sad is that we don't always know how much pain a smile can hide and how close someone may be to giving up.. Our world is losing it's grip on caring,loving and helping those in need.. I don't know if this is the case with him. I just know it breaks my heart, what's left of it after this past week that is. I trust our Avon Police and other local town police to do their best & pray they remain safe and the man can be saved.. Praying here!
Carla M. December 31, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I hope this man has the strength to work through this ordeal.
Eric December 31, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Ok, point well made. Do you call the same PD when someone is trying to break into your home? It changes your attitude in a split second....
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Latest update as of 11:30 p.m. from the police is that people remain evacuated from their homes and the road is still closed. The man is still barricaded in his Lovely Street home. http://patch.com/A-0Hjn
Marci December 31, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I hope they have family close by to stay with or that perhaps the Marriott will let them stay for minimal or no cost at all or at least sit in their lounge area and give them food.. It's freezing out 19 degrees right now and will be 16 degrees at 1 AM.. This is certainly an extremely long standoff.. Pray to God it won't be like that recent event in Indianapolis.. Also, is their any update on the teenager missing from Avon for two days who left her necessary meds behind???
Marci December 31, 2012 at 05:08 AM
is there ^^^ not is their.... mea culpa
JS December 31, 2012 at 05:11 AM
So let's think about this, he is i his home, possibly with a gun (which he likely owns legally), has anyone stopped to consider that there is mental illness involved? @Angela, I understand your humor! It always amazes me that it instantly goes to banning guns; perhaps we should be concerned modifying our mental illness tracking in conjunction with laws concerning who can get a gun.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I haven't heard an update yet on the missing teen, but will ask about it tomorrow.
Sampson December 31, 2012 at 05:40 AM
It's very unprofessional that the police haven't busted down the door and tazered the threat now it's going on late into the night and there evacuating people from their homes get a grip on the sisuation pigs.
JEFF DILL December 31, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Am I the only one wondering why its taking Simsbury, Avon, Farmington, West Hartford and Burlington departments plus SWAT and a Negotiator, (according to the tv) or taking 10 hours because of 1 man. What is the real threat? Propane? Bigger?
sarah December 31, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I believe that the town is paying for overnight accommodations for the families who were evacuated. Also, we dont know what the threat is but obviously it is serious or it wouldnt warrant such a response.
Marci December 31, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Thanks Jessie and Happy New Year too... Praying 2013 is better for all of us even as I sit with my car registration renewal bill wondering why that also has gone up?
Marci December 31, 2012 at 07:09 AM
If we think rationally there has to be something else going on that we aren't aware of perhaps for Security reasons or/and mass panic.. Keeping in mind that his room mate, a woman ran out of the house and wasn't stopped it may not be a case of just an armed man with a gun or several guns.. What if he's booby trapped the home and if they break the door down, a major disaster could occur damaging other homes as well?.There is a bigger picture here.The man is ill, that's a given and perhaps 'the talker' has gotten information from him that stops them from breaking in.. Even if the man isn't telling the truth they can't take a chance with that home or neighboring ones either.. They are not standing outside in the teens doing nothing for the joy of freezing. There is a reason they are not entering that home. Scary... Goodness I wish there was a way people would come forward to get someone help before things like this happen. Generally you don't go crazy in one day. It's been there for years just like the young man who killed all the children and teachers in Newtown. Avon, Simsbury, Farmington, West Hartford and a Swat team and a 'talker' are not there without something more serious going on then we know I.f they could go in that house safely without harming the neighborhood it would have been done hours ago. I know they know what they're doing. This is serious and so sad too.I have full confidence in Avon Police. I feel safe in my town.This is a sad,rare,dare I say first happening
POODETWA December 31, 2012 at 09:00 AM
POODETWA December 31, 2012 at 09:12 AM
you are right ali--- especially after the newton tragedy. wait until midnight and we go off the "cliff" people are going to go nuts.
POODETWA December 31, 2012 at 09:13 AM
anthony- this is too funny.
POODETWA December 31, 2012 at 09:25 AM
you are so funny. we'll have a fund raiser for you. you'll have to move into a tent w/out a ledge.
Andrew Ziemba December 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM
The police are always the best people to call when there is a domestic dispute! It will be interesting to see what happens. My guess is that this is all massively overblown and hyped up. Anything involving the thought of a gun always is. The big shock of this story is that there is a man who barricaded himself in HIS home. The small story is that he threatened a woman with violence. Very foolish thing to do, but I seriously can't name even one person I know who never has while in a depressed/frustrated rage.
Anthony December 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM
If the woman who called 911 was the girlfriend and if this girlfriend goes back with him then she should pay for all the police overtime and the hotel rooms that the town paid for. I have watched enough Judge Judy episodes to see the same pattern. The problem could be a girlfriend getting retribution and the result is a mountain out of a molehill.
Anthony December 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Oh, I see he made threats to police. That's a different story. Police should pounce on him then.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Hey everyone, the standoff concluded at 3 a.m. I posted a story with the latest update from the police. Once more information becomes available we will update you. http://patch.com/A-0HDK
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I will hopefully have more information on Wednesday, but I did also find out that the residents evacuated were put up in hotels last night and have since been allowed to return to their homes. Have a safe and happy New Year everyone! http://patch.com/A-0HDK


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