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.

Bob October 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Crminial charges...the guy clearly needs help. Make his problems worse, way to go Enfield PD!
godblesstheUSA October 10, 2012 at 09:03 PM
gezzzz... don't drink the water in Enfield these days... this town is out of controll!!!
Maureen Black October 10, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I agree with you Bob. Show the guy some compassion for heavens sake. Some people become overwhelmed and just crack, clearly he's one of them. He doesn't need another problem to deal with!
Fig Newton October 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Police Chief Carl Sferrazza is a dirtbag. He himself should have been charged when he crashed a town of Enfield car drunk on one Sunday.
Laurie October 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Fig, when was this?????
Peter morgan October 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Hey; This is what the Connecticut Police Academy trains the police departments to do these days. Why the hell did they have to taze him ???? Academy training....shoot first and ask questions later.
Frank October 11, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Wow, possession of a knife, and tasered by police. Watch out you could be next! BTW is there a home that dosent have a knife in it.
ed4667 October 11, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Did he really have a knife? Did the police actualy see a knife? It dosn't say. I can understand tazing if there is a actual threat, like if he was waving the knife around, but it just said he claimed he had a knife. What if he clamed he had a gun? Would they have shot him? What if the guy had a weak heart, or a pace maker? Tazing should be thought of the same as a gun! It can kill someone under the right condition. Instead I fear it's just becoming standard procdure.
patrick J Danford October 11, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I see police in Enfield have not changed I was having a candle light vigule out side Bookends for two little boys killed in MA and had a stake Knife to polk holes in dixie cups and a certin sargent who went on to be on town councel was there to represent bookends and had me arrested on trespassing and carring a dangerous weapon 2 years in court The lies they put in reports and now one questions them thats why we need a civilian review board in enfield
patrick J Danford October 11, 2012 at 03:25 AM
well just look at the hair cuts remind you of any skin heads in ww2
Breezy I October 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Omg this happened in my road and the police saw me outside with my kids and said nothing.
David Ramadei October 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
So, if a cop subdues a threat, from a man who established that he wished to die, those cops are out of control? You people are asinine. Cops aren't allowed to do their jobs properly, because you folks think they are uncontrolled. It's not like they raided the guy's house with tear gas and flash grenades. He called the police, with a desire to die and have violence inflicted upon himself, and then emerged from his garage with the threat of a knife. Why wouldn't the police taser him to prevent any actual violence? @Breezy: Police don't tell everyone everything until afterwards to prevent a panic effect. It's one of those "absolutely need to know" things.
John Doe October 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I used to ride along with some of the enfield police officers and I was not impressed. For example, one officer was so unprofessional and was talking about sex and was perverted talking about how he wanted to have sex with every girl he saw on the street. Other officers did not do their jobs correctly, they wasted time talking. Enfield PD is crooked. I have many stories and a few of my friends were wrongly charged when it was not even their fault. I've heard crazy stories; these people make up lies and get away with it because they misuse and abuse their power.
Hope Rice October 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
When a disturbance from a home is reported it is almost always because a member of the family has "lost it emotionally", which can happen in many families. It is more than likely temporary when stress is overwhelming. Instead of having the police come blaring in with weapons, I think the best approach would be to have a trained counselor along, and allow a person who is trained in compassion and reasoning to deal with the situation. The last thing this poor man needs is to be charged and dragged to court and treated like a criminal without a comprehensive background check to see if this was just a severe lapse in judgment, a beer too many, or some other reason that he was so distraught. More info is needed before a crime is declared.
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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