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Shooter Barricaded In Salon Is Captured Dead After Hundreds Of Rounds Fired In Gunfight

By Christopher Berg and Sandy Malone

Branford, CT – The gunman who shot somebody, barricaded inside a hair salon in Branford all afternoon, and then reportedly claimed he has a bomb has been located deceased.

It’s unknown if the suspect was killed by an officer who returned fire or if he died by suicide.

The shooter was located after firing at police and citizens for about five hours from the Leon James International Hair Studio near Main Street at Cherry Hill Road, WABC reported.

Branford police put out a statement that said “responding officers encountered heavy gunfire coming from the upper floors of a business/apartment building.”

Police said 911 callers reported that someone had been shot nearby, the Hartford Courant reported.

Branford Fire and EMS said the victim was found nearby and transported to the Yale New Haven Hospital with injuries that were reportedly non-life threatening.

Branford police said officers were pinned down by the suspect’s gunfire and remained that way until armored Bearcat vehicles arrived on the scene, the Hartford Courant reported.

A witness told the Hartford Courant they heard the first burst of gunfire at about 11:50 a.m. on April 13.

Steve Milano described having heard the gunman fire 200 to 300 rounds in the first hour of the standoff.

Milano manages the Richlin Home and Auto located across the street from where the gunman is barricaded.

He told the Hartford Courant the shooter was “firing indiscriminately” with an automatic weapon.

“It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Milano said.

Witnesses in a nearby laundromat told WTNH they heard the gunman firing a gun at officers and pedestrians.

They said police told them to take cover in the back of the business.

The gunman fired hundreds of shots from the second floor of the house where the hair salon is located, the Hartford Courant reported.

Sources told WTNH the bomb squad had arrived on the scene after the suspect threatened to blow up the building he was barricaded in.

Written by
Christopher Berg

Editor-in-Chief: Twitter/@SnarkyCop. Christopher left his job as a police officer to manage The Police Tribune to provide context to the public about police incidents. Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a law enforcement dispatcher trainer.

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