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Enfield Man Taken Into Custody After Standoff With Police

Police closed down a portion of Elm Street while negotiating with a man who said he was armed with a knife.

A despondent man called police early Tuesday afternoon, asking them to come to his home and kill him, causing a standoff that lasted nearly three hours and prompting closure of a section of a major roadway.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza declined to identify the man, but a co-worker who received several calls from the man during the course of the standoff identified him as Bill Ezold.

The co-worker, who asked not to be identified, said Ezold has been extremely depressed in recent weeks due to family problems.

Sferrazza said police were called by Ezold to his home at 368 Elm Street around 12:20 p.m. "He was depressed and wanted the cops to kill him," Sferrazza said.

Sgt. Jim Laurino talked to Ezold via telephone for nearly two hours, and he and Sgt. John Carney eventually convinced Ezold to leave his home through the garage.

The suspect had claimed to be in possession of a knife, and was tasered by police when he emerged, Sferrazza said. He was taken into custody at 3:26 p.m.

Ezold was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. Criminal charges will be pending, Sferrazza said.

The section of Elm Street between North Street and Moody Road, which had been closed since the beginning of the standoff, was re-opened at 3:35 p.m.

djd October 11, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Wow, I hope you people are never in a position for having to call the police for assistance. Your comments are hateful. It's usually the people who have done something wrong/illegal that don't like how the police do their job. You try dealing with the crap that those guys have to put up with every day and see how you respond to something like this.
John Doe October 12, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I have worked with the enfield pd before and I have a major in criminal justice. I have never gotten in trouble with the law in my life and I really don't like how the police do their job. They misuse their authority and especially the enfield pd, they're crooked. I have been there and dealt with the crap they've had to put up with every day and I would not handle the situation as they did.
Hope Rice October 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
To djd......I love the expression, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen"... Everyone, on occasion can over-react to a situation, even policemen.
Pat Droney October 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Good..hide behind a fake name and make a totally baseless accusation.
cephus October 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Nice to see Pat Danford rearing his right wing head again...I thought we were rid of that kind of bias and hatred in Enfield for good?!? Pat - go back to sleep.....your act was tired 10 years ago!

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