New Milford, Ct. Officer Shot by suicidal suspect, suspect in custody

A New Milford, Ct. Police officer was shot Sunday afternoon after Officers responded to a call for a suicidal man that resulted in a standoff at a condominium at 30 Candlewood Lake Road South.

A man called 911 to report that he was going to commit suicide at approximately 2:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon. Reports of several gun shots were made in the condominium located at 30 Candlewood Lake Road South where the subject resided. When officers from the New Milford Police Department arrived the man made additional calls and stated if officers came inside he would shoot officers.

Several reporting news outlets state that the man had exited the residence after about 30 minutes with a handgun and that Officer Charles Cochran deployed a Taser on the man to render him defenseless. It is not known if that is whe the weapon was discharged or after. However Officer Cochran was struck in the leg by a bullet from the weapon that the man was brandishing.

Officer Cochran was taken New Milford Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The despondent individual was taken into custody and was brought to a mental health facility where he is undergoing evaluation.

The individual had stated that he had placed booby traps within his residence to harm officers should they enter his residence. A Connecticut State Police Bomb disposal unit was called to the scene as well as Major Crime Unit to assist with the investigation.

Residents from the complex were evacuated by Officers from the New Milford Police Department as a precautionary measure in case there were any explosive devices that would place the citizens at risk.

Officer Cochrane has been a New Milford police officer for two years and was a retired Hartford officer after 20 years of service.

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