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Officer Threatening Self-Harm Prompts Newtown School Lockdown

Norwalk Officer Was Headed To Wife's Home In Newtown, Police Say
Generic Police File Photo (credit: CBS 2)

Generic Police File Photo (credit: CBS 2)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The middle school and high school in Newtown, Conn., were briefly locked down Monday, after authorities learned a Norwalk police officer who had threatened to harm himself was headed to his wife’s home in the town.

Police said the “lock-ins” Monday were lifted after the officer surrendered to police surrounding his wife’s residence. Police seized a handgun and shotgun, but they say the Norwalk officer never threatened police with them.

The officer was taken to Danbury Hospital for evaluation, police said.

School officials said the lockdown Monday morning was a precaution taken on the advice of police. A Newtown police spokesman said in a press release that no threats were made against the schools and they were never in danger.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six women at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14 of last year.

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