Armed Standoff Ends Between Gunman, Norwalk Police

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Norwalk Police guide a pedestrian away from danger Thursday on Taylor Avenue. A man was holed up in a house down the road with a rifle, police say.
Norwalk Police guide a pedestrian away from danger Thursday on Taylor Avenue. A man was holed up in a house down the road with a rifle, police say. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman
Norwalk police officers stand by near the scene of Thursday afternoon's armed standoff.
Norwalk police officers stand by near the scene of Thursday afternoon's armed standoff. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman
Norwalk Police work to block traffic on Flax Hill Road Thursday afternoon.
Norwalk Police work to block traffic on Flax Hill Road Thursday afternoon. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman
Lt. Shawn Wong Won, left, negotiated with the gunman, police say.
Lt. Shawn Wong Won, left, negotiated with the gunman, police say. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

Updated: 6:35 p.m. Thursday

NORWALK, Conn. – An armed standoff near Hillside Street and Elmwood Avenue led Norwalk police to order a lockdown of Benjamin Franklin Community Center on Thursday afternoon, scaring the parents of the many toddlers and infants inside.

The standoff ended peacefully. The rifleman, who was in a house directly in front of the Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, came out after about an hour and turned himself in, police said.

The 24-year-old man had been in the home with a woman, threatening to shoot himself with a high-caliber rifle, Chief Thomas Kulhawik said. She left the house and called police at about 2 p.m. When the man saw police arrive, he called the dispatch center and said they should stay away or he would start shooting people, police said. Then he fired the rifle in the house once to let police know he wasn't kidding, Kulhawik said.

Police used the Code Red emergency system to alert residents to stay inside their homes, Kulhawik said. Armed officers entered the NEON Child Development Program and Employment Training Center, in the old Ben Franklin school, to escort everyone away from the windows in the rear of the building, which faced the standoff area. Flax Hill Road was closed, as were other nearby streets. School buses were warned to stay away.

Officers had been in position to fire at the gunman, but Lt. Shawn Wong Won talked him out of the home, Kulhawik said. "As time went on, he became calmer, which is usually the case," Kulhawik said. "Hopefully, the gentleman will get some help."

The incident comes a day after a woman was shot in the parking lot of Stop & Shop on Connecticut Avenue. The woman is expected to recover, city officials said at a news conference Thursday morning

Original story: 

Update 3:50 p.m.: Norwalk police have taken into custody a man they say is the one who held them at bay in an armed standoff. Police have characterized the incident as a domestic situation. There were no injuries.

NORWALK, Conn. – An armed standoff near Hillside Street and Elmwood Avenue has caused Norwalk Police to order a lockdown of Benjamin Franklin Community Center on Thursday afternoon.

Police confirmed there was a man in a home with a gun. A police officer who warned reporters away from behind a condominium complex on Taylor Avenue gestured to mimic a rifle. 

At 3:30 p.m., Taylor Avenue was open, but Hillside Street remained closed. 

Police evacuated children from the side of the community center facing the standoff area.

All roads leading to the area have been blocked, and police were not allowing anyone out of their cars along Flax Hill Road near Washington Street. Flax Hill Road is closed at Lowe Street. 

The standoff began at about 2 p.m. No other details were immediately available.

The incident comes a day after a woman was shot in the parking lot of Stop & Shop on Connecticut Avenue. The woman is expected to recover, city officials said at a press conference Thursday morning

Check back with The Daily Voice for more information as it is available.

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Port Chester is a nice place. Nicer than Norwalk actually now. I know you like to point out where I work, it has nothing to do with if I live in Norwalk.
The information you pass on is fabricated.

Wow Fighting with yourself again......

Riiight, TIM

Awesome job NPD! Way to get all the people safe and get this guy.

"Thank You NPD"
My question is do you live on a different planet than the rest of us???
The word around town is that this was escalated by the nonprofessional, untrained and over done response of the NPD. I can only believe it was done for show after the most violent day in Norwalk on Wed since the British burned Norwalk. On Wed we had not 1 but 3 violent crimes all unsolved
Let me refresh your memory
1. The poor soccer mom at Stop and Shop who was shot in the stomach for no reason what so ever
2. The shooting on Woodward where the NPD arrested 3 of the wrong people once again.
3.The incident at Walgree's on Westport Ave that word has it was an armed robbery but some how is being covered up and we are being told that it was a kid who had his scooter taken..Strange as we had 20 plus cops and a crime seen investigator the on the scene for 2 plus hour....Doesn't sound like a stolen scooter to me..

Thank you NPD!