Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, police learned an armed, suicidal person was headed to L+M to kill themselves.
NEW LONDON, CT — Mitchell College sent an ‘shelter in place alert out to students and staff and CB Jennings Elementary School was placed on a “secure hold.” Both security measures were taken Tuesday morning after a possibly armed man, described by police as suicidal, was reported to be headed to L+M Hospital to kill himself, police said.
At one point during the police search for the man, who was known to them, an emergency supervisor was heard on a police scanner radio saying ambulances should be diverted to other areas hospitals, though that directive was brief.
Patch reached out to New London Police for more information during the morning incident that began shortly before 9 a.m. By Tuesday afternoon, police had posted a press releases to Facebook.
Police said that New London Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a potentially armed, suicidal male, known to police, who was headed to L+M Hospital, New London, CT to kill himself.
Police were immediately dispatched to the hospital and hospital security was notified. Police arrived and searched but the person wasn’t found. Then they learned they were traveling in “other areas of the city,” and so a “modified lockdown” directive was forwarded to schools in the area of the hospital, hence the Mitchell College alert and other area schools “secure holds.”
Police said that “although no direct or indirect threat towards schools or other locations was received or developed, police initiated the modified lockdown as a proactive precautionary measure during the search for the subject.”
Within an hour, it was all over as police found the person and they were taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.
“The New London Police Department greatly appreciates and commends the efforts of the New London school district, L+M Hospital personnel, and other community partners during this event,” police wrote on Facebook. “Their commitment to the safety of those they serve was clearly demonstrated in their response.”
Anyone who has information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the New London Police Department at 860-447-5269 ext. 0 or anonymous information may be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).