Explosion during ‘domestic’ hostage situation in Connecticut injures 9 officers (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The explosion occurred in North Haven, Connecticut, where a man took his family hostage after police responded to a domestic-dispute call on Wednesday. The officers were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries at around 8:30pm.
According to police, remains have been discovered at the scene. However, it's not clear in which building the remains were found. Local authorities said the chief medical examiner will determine the identity of the deceased, and how he or she died.
“This started late this afternoon with what was apparently a very violent domestic call,” North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda told Fox 61. The officers “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.”
Multiple officers injured. I saw about four police officers being put into ambulances with possible injuries. Now being told to take shelter. Fire is still burning. #NorthHavenpic.twitter.com/OnMt4tVQnb— Kevin Galliford (@KallMeKG) May 3, 2018
“It sounds almost like it was a booby trap type of explosion,” Freda said. “Based on the way the explosions took place, from what police told me, there was a series of explosions, which may indicate some sort of rigged booby traps.”
The suspect's wife apparently managed to escape the house during the explosions, but it remains unclear whether other family members remain inside. The suspect, however, is still inside the house, while a fire is still burning in the barn, sources told WFSB Channel 3 news.
State police say it was a barn that exploded near the home that injured six members of regional SWAT. You can still see flames and smoke from that barn. Safety a concern for firefighters because of this barricaded situation, making it difficult to fight the fire. @NBCConnecticutpic.twitter.com/uRp64w3qI9— Jamie Ratliff (@JamieRatliffNBC) May 3, 2018
The roads surrounding the residence remain closed off. Meanwhile, firefighters rushed to the scene to battle the blaze as plumes of thick black smoke covered the neighborhood after the blast.
Taking shelter in residents #NorthHaven Quinnipiac Ave home. You can see CT state police SWAT teams gathering outside. Sources say man is still inside the home at this 11p hour. pic.twitter.com/zlT8vzIUpS— Kevin Galliford (@KallMeKG) May 3, 2018
The hostage situation erupted after a domestic violence incident on Wednesday afternoon that was reported to North Haven police, state police Master Sgt. Marc Gelven, confirmed to the Hartford Courant. According to reports, it was the woman herself who called the police after her husband arrived home and began an argument over a divorce that she filed for last month.
The man then barricaded himself inside the house, triggering a massive police and SWAT team response. Authorities were trying to negotiate with the hostage taker for hours before the blast went off. FBI and AFT agents were also called to the scene, according to reports.
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