BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — A suspect is in custody after an hours-long standoff with police on Friday following a barricade incident at a Bristol home, according to authorities.
The Bristol Police Department said 41-year-old Michael Pickering of Farmington barricaded himself inside a home on Woodbine Street in Bristol after officers attempted to serve him an arrest warrant.
The warrant was issued following a police investigation of threats against the staff of St. Mary’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church, both in Farmington, on July 25th. Farmington Police were able to identify Pickering as the source of the threats that police say were anti-Catholic in nature.
The first attempt to serve Pickering the warrant was on August 3rd. Pickering refused to leave his house and the warrant went unserved.
Following the first attempt, authorities became aware that Pickering had barricaded himself in his home and made threats against police on his social media. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the barricade incident including the West Hartford Police Department and the Central Region Emergency Response Team.
Woodbine Street, near Gridley Street in Bristol, was blocked off as a result. Woodbine Street has since reopened, officials said.
Police said Pickering had expressed very threatening and concerning comments online. Police said he made it explicitly clear he would not surrender peacefully to authorities.
After hours of failed negotiations, police administered tear gas and Pickering exited the home. No one was hurt in the ordeal, police said.
Pickering was taken into custody and was detained by the Farmington Police Department on a $250,000 bond.
There is no further information available at this time.