NEWINGTON – One person is dead and another is in custody at the hospital after a prolonged stand-off on Gilbert Road today.
A woman was killed by her husband, police said, and left in the front door of the home where a bystander could see, according to Police Chief Stephen Clark. Police found the husband seriously injured in the home about three hours after the stand-off started. It is unclear if he was injured before police arrived or he injured himself as officers were trying to coax him out with a loudspeaker.
The person who spotted the woman in the door called police at about 9:15 a.m. Officers who arrived found the woman but could not find her husband, prompting a large police response and the town to send out a message to area residents to shelter in place until further notice.
Police are treating the death as a homicide, Lt. Nicholas Miano said. The husband is being treated at a hospital, Miano said. The couple has children but none were in the home at the time of the shooting.
Multiple agencies were on the scene throughout the morning, including an ambulance and medical staff.
Neighbors saw officers with rifles heading toward Gilbert Road, and later had SWAT team members changing into their gear on their lawns. Neighbors said they believe there may be a standoff involving a veteran who lives in the area and that a child may be involved.
The stand-off abruptly ended at about 12:30 pm. Police are in the process of obtaining search warrants for the home, Clark said. The area surrounding the home is expected to be locked down until the search warrant has been obtained and the State Police Major Crime Unit processes the scene.