Three arrested after five hour West Hartford standoff

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WEST HARTFORD--Police have ended a standoff involving two juveniles at a home on New Britain Avenue late Wednesday night.

Detectives told FOX 61 that they were called to a house  near the intersection of New Britain Avenue and West Gate Street just before 6 p.m. after a dispute in the front yard.

Witnesses nearby said that it involved a gun and that the suspect was seen with a handgun.

When police arrived, the suspects ran back into the house. One of the suspects jumped from a window of the residence and attempted to escape the area. Malachi Ford, 18 of West Hartford, was arrested and taken into custody. He was charged with breach of peace, interfering with an officer and risk or injury.

Two people remained inside the house when the standoff began. Police tried to make contact with people inside the house but were not able to for several hours.

Just before 11p.m., the SWAT team approached the house  with guns drawn, trying to talk with residents inside. Two juvenile suspects were seen inside. Police were able to make contact with them both. The two suspects came out and were taken into custody. They were issued a summonses for breach of peace, interfering, brandishing a facsimile firearm. Police released the two suspects to their parents.

It's unclear if the juvenile suspects are residents of the home.

Police blocked off New Britain Avenue and set up a perimeter for five hours.  SWAT team members and officers with tactical gear and bullet-proof vests in the area  were hiding around the house with guns. That area has since reopened.