State police: 6 officers injured in explosion

Saul Bowman
May 3, 2018

A CT town official says four police officers have been injured in an explosion after responding to a report of a man barricaded in a house with his family.

A barn behind a house in CT exploded Wednesday night while police and a SWAT team were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured, officials said.

He remarked: "This started late this afternoon with what was apparently a very violent domestic call". During their investigation, a huge explosion occurred near the house, injuring four police officers on site.

"This is still an active, ongoing scene", North Haven Deputy Police Chief Jonathan Mulhern tells the AP.

It was not immediately known if any children were in the home or barn, Freda said.

The wife, he said, escaped before the blast.

The man then barricaded himself inside the house, triggering a massive police and SWAT team response. According to reports, it was the woman herself who called the police after her husband arrived home and began an argument over a divorce that she filed for last month. Ahead of the house explosion there were reports of gunshots.

The incident took place in North Haven town.

"I felt my house shake".

North Haven resident Joan Mazurek, 76, a retired accountant, heard what she thought was a train at her home about a mile away from the scene - only, it was the explosion. The wife had managed to get out of the house after being held there three days and went to police, WFSB Channel 3 reports.

Freda said authorities suspect the property's barn was "rigged to explode", the Hartford Courant reported.

"Then we heard all the, oh my God, all the ambulances and fire engines". Connecticut State Police and SWAT officers have responded to the scene.

The explosion happened Wednesday night in North Haven.

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