Fairfield Man in Custody in Connection With UNH Lockdown

Credit: Patch File Photo
Credit: Patch File Photo

A Fairfield man is being detained in West Haven Tuesday afternoon in connection to a lockdown at the University of New Haven, according to Sergeant Suzanne Lussier.

Fairfield Police are on scene of the individual’s Stratfield Road home after being contacted by the West Haven Police Department that the suspect resides there, according to Chief Gary MacNamara.

The University of New Haven West Haven branch went into lockdown shortly before 1 p.m. for reports of a possible armed man on campus.

The Fairfield man does have a valid pistol permit to carry handguns and has two known and legally registered weapons, according to Lussier.

The university sent out an emergency message on their Twitter account telling students to “shelter in place [all caps] and await further instructions.”

The Tweet stated that the West Haven Police Department was searching for “an Asian male near South Campus with what appears to be a rifle.”

MacNamara said he anticipates West Haven police to arrive and conduct a search of the home.

No further details, including the name of the suspect, were immediately released.

Stephen Krauchick December 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM
William Dong, 22 of 1336 Stratfield Road was taken into custody by West Haven Police. He was in possession of a long gun and two handguns.
Creeky December 03, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Was the long gun ever out of his car? Did he actually break any laws, threaten anyone? Brandish the guns? Did he actually set foot on campus or was all of this at the stop & shop and the road in Front of it? Certainly, folks are a bit jumpy about guns but, reporting this as a gunman at a school seems a bit irresponsible. I'll bet a dollar to a donut there is no arrest and no charges.
rottyfan December 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
I can certainly understand, this being such a Democrat infested state, the hysteria that would follow when a concealed permit holder might inadvertently set foot on campus with a legally owned firearm. After all, it was CO state Sen. Evie Hudak "...who told rape survivor Amanda Collins back in March during a hearing about concealed carry on campus that a gun wouldn't have helped her when she was attacked and lectured her by saying, "statistics are not on your side." Collins was raped at gun point in a gun free zone in 2007 while walking to her car at the University of Nevada-Reno. Due the University's no weapons policy, Collins was in possession of her concealed carry permit at the time of the attack, but not her firearm. Her assailant went on to rape two more women and killed one of them, Brianna Denison, who was just 20-years-old." Yes, that would be Democrat Evie Hudak who said that and affiliated with the "party for women".
Jason Silver December 04, 2013 at 09:19 AM
They are training the slaves for martial law. Lock downs everywhere now. Get used to it. Look at Watertown Mass. They locked down a whole town and pulled people from their homes at gunpoint, all in an effort to find an unarmed teen.
Joe Mancini December 04, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I'll take that bet Creeky. Before getting on your soapbox, get your facts straight. You would think people like yourself would have a little more sensitivity with the year anniversary of Sandy Hook approaching. The dude had guns on a college campus. What the hell do you think he was doing? Shooting beer cans?
Creeky December 04, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Yeah Joe, it looks like I'd owe you a dollar in this one; but you can't take the bet 24 hours later in the news cycle. We'll see if the charges get dropped. This one still smells like we had to get him for something. The clippings on school shootings sounds ugly, but was he a student working on a report? As for Sandy Hook, I'm a lot closer to that and a lot more sensitive than you think, but I don't think the state and country's reaction has been healthy or functional. At the end of the day, gun bans do not solve a mental health problem, and reducing guns doesn't seen to reduce crime.
Creeky December 04, 2013 at 01:08 PM
By the way Joe, what does "people like yourself" mean? And do note, my main complaint was on the reporting, that it lacked facts. Maybe I expressed that poorly.
Sandra December 04, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Joe seems to be like "people" who think if you criticize the president you are a racist and if you defend the 2nd amendment you don't care about the tragedy that happened at Sandy hook.
Joe Mancini December 04, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Yes Creeky, I agree. Mental health is an issue as well as an over zealous medical community quick to medicate with highly suspect drugs with significant side effects, but combine that with the ease of attaining a firearm and it's a recipe for disaster. And Sandra, what the hell are you talking about?
Sandra December 04, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Try to keep up Joe. I was referring to your "people like yourself" brilliant comment and using it against you.
Joe Mancini December 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Sorry Sandra. Didn't realize you were a mind reader as well. In any case, how do you all feel about our "suspect" now? Happy the Police acted the way they did or would you have been happier having his 2nd amendment rights protected and slaughtered dozens of lives?
Creeky December 04, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Joe, we still don't have the facts. At the moment, the state SWAT team appears to have been a bit much. Have you looked at our current assault rifle ban? I'd say thousands of gun owners in CT don't even know they own a rifle which is considered a banned weapon.
Igor December 04, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Better safe than sorry. If there isn't any crime committed give him back his toys and tell him we're sorry. No harm done. If he was in fact on his way to hurt or kill someone then the police have saved some lives. On that note maybe he should have waited to hear the Sandy Hook tapes, which would have given him some good ideas how to avoid the police.
mark December 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Parents need to be parents again. They need to get the belt out without fear of being arrested for child abuse. These children don't need cell phones expensive cars they need to know what means to have a job at 16 if not earlier, I had a job working 40 hrs. a week at 15 and I was proud to have both the job and the pay check that came with it knowing that I could bye things on my own or for another family members if need be. Todays children don't have a sense of self worth or an understanding of commitment to there family and community. My wife says no one today cares about what I have to say.
Creeky December 05, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Mark, my wife and I just had a great laugh over the last line of your comment. Thanks for that. What you are saying, I think has great merit, particularly the bit about self-worth. I'm not sure corporal punishment ever built anyone's self-worth though. I've read some articles where they claim that today's youth, due to the social media, are spectators in their own lives. I knew the belt growing up. I went to work at 15 too. I had to provide a car, it's maintenance, fuel and insurance to drive myself and my younger siblings to school. Those were responsibilities, not options. I had a lot of jobs when I was a lad. I worked for some good people. My first employer, Terry Jones (Jones Tree Farm) is one of the two best bosses I ever had. I still feel a debt if gratitude to him today; he affected whom I am, and the kind of boss I try to be. I worked for some really dysfunctional types too, including one I later learned was an alcoholic, and another, addicted to methadone. I was too young to deal with how screwed up they were. I was lucky to have family that was constantly undoing their damage. But, in principle, though maybe not practice, I agree with you. We're talking about character. But, how do we instill it in the youth if their parents don't value it? It's a world if say anything to achieve your goal, making money is respected, not succeeding at your ambitions. Look at our politicians today. It seems character is all but dead. Hopefully there is still a few people around, old-fashioned like you and me, that still think being a role model of character, integrity, strength, grit, gumption, kindness and generosity to the youth is a simple matter of societal responsibility, should pride fail to provide the motivation. Anyway, you're wife is funny, and we all need that too. Wives like yours and mine keep us grounded and a bit humble. Certainly the youth could use the former, and some the latter. My Godfather's recent advice to me, about parenting, was "it's not what you say, it's what you do." My ethics professor said, the ethics you think you have are actually the ethics you aspire to. The ethics you have are described by your past actions." Between those two, I think, are a lot of what we all need to be good parents, coaches, bosses, uncles and aunts, neighbors, and friends to today's youth, and yesterday's, and tomorrow's. Good night my friend. I'll sleep well knowing you're out there too.
Igor December 06, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Mark, you wife is wrong. Everyone's thoughts have merit. Might not always agree but at the least it encourages one to think. I'm not into beating kids, but I don't think a little swat (note I said little) on the backside is going damage anyone. Maybe that's why they are so well padded.
Joe Mancini December 09, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Good points, good points. But when we were growing up, we didn't have dangerous psychotropic drugs like Alderall that promotes violent thoughts and ultra violent video games.
Igor December 10, 2013 at 07:18 AM
Joe you also have a point. Today's atmosphere is not the same as when I was a child. The culture is completely different. We drank a beer or two sitting on a park bench. No drugs, no guns. You had a problem, you duked it out and the next day were buddies again. Now it's go home and get a weapon. The world in on a decline, and it's not a pretty outlook.
Joe Mancini December 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM
And just for the record, Mr. Dong was found with not 1, but 2 hand guns on his possession. Yes he did have a proper permit, however, even law enforcement (Police, Marshalls and Secret Service) only carry 1 hand gun. Just FYI.
rottyfan December 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Didn't the recently passed assault weapons ban limit the amount of ammunition you can legally carry inside the magazine to 10 rounds? Sounds like a New York reload to me given how our law makers are always bending over backwards to give criminals the advantage. Law enforcement is exempt from the 10 round limit, FYI.


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