Naugatuck police investigating call of a suspicious person with a weapon

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The Naugatuck Police Department are investigating an incident involving a suspicious person with a weapon. The event occurred on Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Sunburst Road.

According to the police, Naugatuck officers received a phone call from a unanimous caller who said, “a white male wearing a tank top is holding a gun in the air threatening that he will shoot the next person that comes onto his property.” The suspect was also described to have facial tattoos. 

Police say the caller described the residence, but was unable to provide the address. No other information was provided by the caller. 

Officers arrived on scene and searched the area while notifying the Naugatuck Board of Education of their presence. A policeman was stationed at the nearby Maple Hill Elementary School until 2:45 p.m. and the school was recommended to conduct a precautionary lockdown until the situation was further investigated. 

Naugatuck police spoke to residents in the area of Sunburst Road, and none could recall the events said by the caller. 

At 3:15 p.m., officers concluded that there was no immediate threat to the public or the Maple Hill School. 

Although a determination was made that no immediate threat existed, the investigation into the incident including information regarding the caller remains open.  

It should be further noted that investigation into the origin of the call revealed that the number is registered as “unknown” from Washington State, indicating the possibility of the call being connected to a “swatting” incident.

The Naugatuck police requests anyone that might have information regarding this incident contact them at 203-729-5221 or the NPD Confidential Tip Line at 203-720-1010.       

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