New Britain man whose arrest prompted SWAT response, after threat to Plainville clinic, released into treatment

Published on Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:35
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - A New Britain man who prompted a SWAT team response when he refused to leave his home, after allegedly making a threat toward a nonprofit organization in Plainville a day earlier, has been released into an inpatient treatment center. 

John Logan, 61, of Allen Street in New Britain, called a pharmacist at about 2 p.m. at Wheeler Clinic on Dec. 11 and said he was suicidal and that he didn’t care if he died, according to the warrant for his arrest. He also allegedly referenced an AK-47 and going to the clinic, located at 91 Northwest Drive, after he was told they did not have his prescription refill information, the warrant said.

“I don’t care whether I live or die, but if I die, I wouldn’t go alone and it is going to get ugly,” Logan allegedly said. He also said he had already tried killing himself that day, the warrant continued. 

Logan on Thursday was released from custody. He had been held on bond since his arrest Dec. 12. During the hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, Alfonzo Sirica, Logan’s attorney, said his client suffers serious mental health issues. Sirica added that the program Logan was released into will last somewhere between three to six months.

Sirica did not divulge where the case was headed, but when asked whether Logan would be entering a plea before his release - a common practice - Sirica said his client has no record and asked that he be allowed to seek treatment without a guilty plea. Judge John Cronan obliged.

Logan is due back in court on April 30. His presence will be excused from that hearing if he is doing well in treatment. 

Wheeler Clinic, including its adjoining school, Northwest Village School, was placed into lockdown while police investigated Logan’s alleged threat. Investigators determined Logan had called from his Allen Street home in New Britain. He could not be located, and police were unable to reach him over the phone.

Police acquired a warrant for Logan’s arrest, charging him with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He refused to cooperate or come out of his condo on Dec. 12 when officers tried to serve it, Plainville police said.

New Britain’s Emergency Response Team was called to the home, equipped with armored vehicles and long guns, and nearby residents were told to stay in their homes. Logan was talked into leaving his condo around 5 p.m. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being charged.

Wheeler Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health, addiction services and primary care all over the state.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or .



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville, New Britain on Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:35. Updated: Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:37.