Police officers in North Haven, Connecticut were responding to a hostage situation when an explosion occurred. Authorities were trying to negotiate with a man who was holding his wife hostage. At that time, a barn rigged with explosives went off. Multiple officers on scene were injured.
Multiple Officers Injured in Explosion
Law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call at a home on the 300 block of Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven, Connecticut on May 2. At the scene, police found that the suspect had barricaded his home, where he had allegedly held his wife for the last few days.
According to North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda, officers had been attempting to persuade the man to leave his house for hours, but they weren’t successful.
SWAT was active on the scene while negotiations were ongoing. During the standoff, an explosion occurred in the barn behind the house at around 8:30 p.m. At least six officers were injured.
Freda said that the officers suffered cuts, abrasions, and bruises and were treated at Yale New Haven Hospital. None of the officers suffered life-threatening injuries.
The conditions of the suspect and his family was not immediately known. Neither the suspect nor his wife’s identities have been disclosed.
Residents in the neighborhood said they heard the explosion and felt their homes shake. Additional officers and firefighters arrived on the scene to get the blaze under control.
Road closures were enforced and people were asked to avoid the area. Homes closest to the property were evacuated, and police requested residents in the area to remain inside their homes.
Hostage Escapes Barricade
The victim of the domestic violence incident had allegedly been held hostage by her husband for several days inside their home. According to reports, she filed for divorce last month. She somehow managed to alert authorities on May 2 after being barricaded inside the house.
Officers attempted to negotiate with the victim’s estranged husband as the barn exploded. The massive fire started spread to the house.
The woman was able to break out of the house during the fire and make contact with officers. She was severely beaten and is being treated at a local hospital. Freda had no immediate information about her condition.
The suspect’s fate is still unclear. It’s unknown if he is in custody at this time.
There have not been prior police incidents involving this residence. Officials believe the husband rigged the barn with explosives, and he might have been inside when the explosion occurred.
“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,” said Freda.
The incident is still under investigation, with state police assisting North Haven authorities.