Milford school lockdowns over after armed man kills himself in nearby park

(Photo: WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An armed emotionally disturbed man triggered multiple Milford schools schools into lockdown before taking his own life Tuesday afternoon.

Just before 12:15 p.m., Milford police tweeted out that Eisenhower Park, located off of North Street (Route 121), was closed, as well as the attached facilities, dog park, and trails off of West River Street.

Local and state police were in contact with the emotionally disturbed person for several hours.  Police say the emotionally disturbed person owned guns and had a gun with him. The man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Mike Devito with the Milford Police Department said, “We were able to ping his cell phone And we located the phone. The phone was showing it was in the park. We set up a perimeter and found his car in the park in the lot so we were pretty certain he was here. We felt it was important to put the three schools in lockdown just as a precautionary measure only.”
Parents reacted to how the Milford police handled the situation. Antoinette Foster said, “I think it’s a good idea for safety of the children.” Robin Zsampar added, “I think it’s important. I’m glad that they’re doing it. It’s a distraction to everybody i’m sure everybody’s worried about their kids of course.”

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At 12:40 p.m., police tweeted that the Mathewson School on West River Street, the Orange Avenue School, as well as Platt Technical High School were in lockdown due to the situation occurring in the vicinity of the schools.

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Milford Public Schools released a statement advising parents not to come to the schools. They said students will also not be released until Milford Police Department gave the all clear, which occurred later Tuesday afternoon.

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The full statement from Milford Public Schools reads below:

The Milford Police Dept. notified us of a situation evolving at Eisenhower Park that is requiring police presence. As a preventative measure, Orange Avenue Elementary and Mathewson Elementary schools were placed on lock down at approximately 12:45 p.m.

There is no immediate threat to either school but we took this measure as a precaution. Milford Police are at the school to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of our students and staff.

We are advising parents NOT to go to the school at this time. As a precaution, students will not be released until Milford Police Dept. gives us the all clear.

Updates will be made to the parent communities as soon as they become available from the Milford Police Dept.

Thank you for your patience and support.”

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(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

The identity of the armed man has not been released.

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