Shelton Standoff Ends Peacefully

ethan fry photo Police arrested a Shelton man Thursday after a standoff at his downtown home.

According to a prepared statement from Detective Richard Bango, someone called 911 about 12:45 p.m. requesting a welfare check on 28-year-old Tyler Johnson.

“The concerned caller stated that Johnson claimed he was in possession of a gun,” Bango said. “Johnson, who was known to Shelton officers, had multiple active arrest warrants from other area towns.”

Police responded to Johnson’s address, 77 Long Hill Ave., and were able to make phone contact with him.

“Johnson denied being in the house and kept giving police different locations of where he was located,” Bango said. “Shelton police and other agencies were sent to various locations while officers surrounded the house.”

Eventually, police determined Johnson was inside the residence. They also received information that Johnson “planned to commit suicide by cop.”

Shelton police called in the Southwest Region 2 Special Response Team — a tactical unit comprised of Milford, Ansonia, Woodbridge, Orange, and Shelton police officers — to the scene. The team set up directly in front of Johnson’s home.

“Once the SRT was on scene, Detective Christopher Nugent was able to persuade Johnson to surrender and he came out peacefully,” Bango said. “Nobody was injured during this incident.”

Police charged Johnson with second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

He is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Derby on those charges Feb. 16.

Bango said Johnson would be transferred to the custody of other police departments that hold warrants for him.


A search of the state judicial branch database showed several pending cases out of Naugatuck in which Johnson had allegedly missed court dates.

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