The Hartford Courant reports that, as of two hours ago, Newington police officer Peter Lavery was still being held hostage by a heavily armed man.
A town police officer remained a hostage of a former corrections officer 10 hours after he was shot and wounded while responding to a domestic call at a house. …
Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman, said that it was still a “very critical and active scene” when he spoke to reporters at 8:30 a.m.
UPDATE by Joe Loy, 1:00 PM EST: About 15 minutes ago, WFSB Channel 3 reported situation still ongoing; hostage Officer Lavery believed to have been shot in the chest. Courant has somewhat-updated story here, including report that “Police were flooding the basement with water, among other tactics, to try and force the hostage-taker out…”.
Sue Erwin, who lives nearby but was not evacuated, said she heard shots and booms throughout the night. She also saw neighbors coughing [from the tear gas used] as they were evacuated at about 11:30 p.m.
“It’s just weird. This is not typical Newington,” she said.
UPDATE by Brendan Loy, 4:20 PM EST: From the latest AP article:
Early Friday morning, the mayor had said Lavery was “very much alive.” But by early afternoon, more than 13 hours into the standoff, [Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman] said the hostage’s condition was unknown. He said officers at the scene were “moving methodically and slowly to preserve any possibility of life.”
Here’s a photo of a state trooper outside the house: