Remains found at scene of barn explosion, standoff in Conn.

Desiree Steele
May 4, 2018

Another explosion followed about 20 minutes later, Freda said. He has not been taken into police custody.

With this situation unfolding only four-point-two miles away from the Quinnipiac North Haven Campus a Quinnipiac alert was sent out to students last night at 8:51 p.m.

That's where police said the explosion happened on Wednesday night.

Five East Haven police officers, three North Haven police officer and one officer from Branford, all of whom were members of the SWAT team, were hospitalized. All suffered injuries "that were consistent with the blast or an explosion", Mulhern said.

Yale New Haven Hospital confirmed on Twitter that it had received seven patients.


Nine officers were injured in the blast, none of them seriously, state police said.

"There's going to be a post-mortem examination at the office of the chief medical examiner", said Trooper Kelly Grant with Connecticut State Police. The remains have not been identified at this time so it's unknown if it is the suspect.

One body was found inside after the fire was extinguished.

During the investigation, "there was an explosion of the barn", Grant said. Police were initially called to the scene on reports that a man was holding his wife hostage inside a home. He added that there was a "tremendous" response by first responders. More than 30 New Haven SWAT and Bomb Squad officers were assisting in the standoff. Additional police rushed to the scene as the fire raged, and sounds of smaller explosions also were heard. Officers then spent "several hours" trying to get the woman's husband out, according to the Courant, and ultimately engaged in a standoff with the man.

Town officials say the wife escaped before the explosion. It was in the explosion that some officers were injured.


"You could hear them every couple of minutes or so over the loudspeaker, just saying, 'John, please come to the window, please show yourself, we are here to help.' You could tell they were doing everything they could to have a peaceful solution to this".

"A flash went off! The whole house shook", said one neighbor. "We were freaking out".

"Our hearts go out to the courageous first responders who put their lives on the line, and we wish those injured a safe and speedy recovery", Governor Dannel Malloy said Thursday.

"Good evening! Area residents are being asked to avoid the area of Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven, near Orient Lane, because of heavy police activity".

He said, "I was absolutely delighted, Jocelyn, to see how upbeat and positive they are".


When police officers are involved, he says there is "heightened" concern. School buses are aware of these detours.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER