Woman arrested after Groton standoff ends peacefully

New London

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The woman at the center of a standoff in Groton is now facing charges after the matter ended peacefully.

According to police, at around 11:30 p.m., officers received a call from a woman who was at work and believed that an unwanted person was in her home.

Police say 49-year-old Kristen Anderson barricaded herself in that home along Morse Avenue, armed with an apparent semiautomatic firearm. However, it was later discovered that the handgun was a facsimile weapon after an investigation.

Anderson is a convicted felon with a criminal history, according to police. Officers were called to the home because of a protective order where Anderson was not supposed to be there.

It took State Police negotiators more than 6 hours to get her to surrender peacefully.

Anderson was charged with criminal violation of a protective order, criminal trespass and breach of peace. She was held on a $250,000 bond.

“Anytime you can have scenario like this where nobody gets hurt and we have the party in custody, we have a successful resolution,” said Chief Michael Spellman, Groton City Police Dept.

“To go the bad route by taking your life or to deal with going into custody and say I need help was the best thing she could’ve done,” said Jose Torres, a neighbor.

During the stand off roads had to be closed. Some neighbors were also evacuated due to safety concerns.

Two nearby schools were also put on a two hour delay.

Dr. Nicholas Spera, the principal of the nearby Marine Science Magnet High School, issued a statement to families and staff saying a delay to classes may be in place:

Good Morning MSMHS Family,

Due to police activity in the surrounding neighborhood of the school, MSMHS has been advised to delay the start of school today, October 11, 2019. The two hour delay will be confirmed at 7:30 am in collaboration with the City of Groton Police Department.

The police chief also told News 8 West Side Middle School also had a two hour delay due to the incident.


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