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Man arrested after Groton standoff

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GROTON — Some Groton residents were evacuated from their homes while others were told to shelter in place as police responded to a man barricaded in his house early Friday morning.

Police said they went to a home on Fleming Court, after the man’s girlfriend requested a welfare check.  The man, who was believed to be armed and indicated he wanted to commit ‘suicide by cop’, barricaded himself inside the home.

Groton police closed off Meridian Street, Poquonnock Road, and Mitchell Street, and evacuated 15 houses in the immediate area. They told other residents in a six block area to ‘shelter in place’.  The Connecticut State Police emergency services unit responded, and shortly before 10 a.m. managed to take the man safely into custody. Police said nobody was injured.

Robert J. Patterson, 53, of 17 Fleming Court, was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st degree and Breach of Peace for today’s incident, for which bond was set at $50,000.  Police said the man had an outstanding warrant for a domestic violence incident that included charges of Strangulation 2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Mischief, for which bond was set at $10,000.


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