Waterford Police Charge Man in Standoff

Sunday, the Waterford Police Department charged Jonathan Bill with three crimes and seized several guns from his home following a Saturday standoff.

Sunday, the Waterford Police Department charged a 49-year-old man with three crimes and seized several guns from his home following a six-hour standoff with the man Saturday night.

Sunday, 49-year-old Jonathan Bill of 28 Ferri Drive was charged with first-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with police and several guns were seized from his home after he allegedly threatened to shoot a police officer. Bill was held on $100,000 bond and will appear in court on Tuesday.

The department did not release how many guns were taken from Bill’s home or what kind of guns they were.

The Standoff

At 3:21 p.m. on Saturday, the Waterford Police Department received a 911 call from an unidentified person at 28 Ferri Drive, a mobile home in the Woodland Mobile Homes Park. That person said Bill was inside the home and told police that Bill said he was going to shoot the first cop he saw, according a Waterford Police Department press release.

The police department established a perimeter around Bill’s trailer and told all the neighbors in the area to evacuate. The department tried to contact Bill, but when that was unsuccessful Waterford Police called in the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit, according to the release.

Upon arrival, state police armed with rifles surrounded Bill’s trailer and a spotlight was shined on the home. At around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, state police began to communicate with Bill with a megaphone outside of his home; telling him he was surrounded and he should come out with his hands up.

At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill agreed to surrender to police and was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. No one was injured in the standoff.

samely January 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
fcol. or it could've happened in a little waterford neighborhood (where the neighborhood kids are outside smoking pot while comparing knives) at a nice home/condo that is being foreclosed on (a swiss cheese forclosure) because the people in it have hit a rough patch and can't afford their bills. (people should think before they speak/type as hardships have no boundaries :eyeroll: ) anyway. unfortunately sometimes it takes police involvement for someone to get the help they need. if this is how this man is able to get the help he needs i don't feel the police were wasting their time, matter of fact that's part of their job = "Mission of the Waterford Police Department: to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security and quality service to the members of our community." according to this article, mr. j. bill is a member of said community.
Daniella Ruiz January 22, 2013 at 08:59 PM
indeed, the response was 'measured' enough to mitigate an all out disaster. time spent chatting with mr bill probably gave him time to settle his nerves a bit, and let him know the community DOES CARE about him and the others like him. its winter, the most productive time for people to fall victim to depression, SADD and other issues. being contained in a small box doesn't help either. do hope many have learned form this, rather than reaffirmed their inflexible stance.
samely January 23, 2013 at 02:11 AM
a small box? i don't know about mobile homes nor do i know about life on ferri drive but if people can do this and keep happy, i don't think it's about "the box" as you so eloquently put. http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/york-micro-apartment-design-winner-announced-214258808.html you can have all the money and the biggest house, but it doesn't stop "people from falling victim to depression, SADD and other issues."
Mr. LaPolatta January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Anon. I was just wondering if your statements were based on speculation or from knowing Bill on some capacity. Sounds like there is another side to this incident that's not being reported. Thanks for clarifying.
Daniella Ruiz January 24, 2013 at 03:52 AM
those new condos made from 'expired' shipping containers would offer some of the homeless in the area a basic place to keep them out of sight of the locals and ensure the life quality of the wealthy doesn't suffer too much. even stack them on top of the old Miner Lane landfill, give them a nice view at least, despite the healthy farm feel from the piggery and the annoying local speeders jumping the railroad tracks. they could put up tarpaulins to collect rain water, drive pipes into the decomposing garbage heap underneath for steady heat, (fooey on Millstone!) maybe even have some nice gas ranges to cook on from the methane, maybe even start up a homecommune, with fresh squirrel stew, 'hot' barbequed buzzard wings/thighs and sell the rainwater for $4.00 per pint (Mexican idea). they could start a national trend, Bloomberg headlines would say "Homeless communes goes into full IPO after investors see unlimited growth potential!" perhaps the castle at WHS could have an outreach program, where a few aspiring students learn the ins and outs of living on a shoestring, while a homeless person switches places for a week/month. (Trading places?) could get interesting. a target range, skeet range up there could bring in a few extra dollars for the town (even have live pidgeons too!) never mind, i'm just get'ing silly, its past my beddy time and i need to turn my thermostat down to save money, its cold outside tonight!!! brrrrrrrr!


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