Police swarmed Union Street in Vernon after a young man undergoing treatment at Rockville Hospital escaped from the emergency department and locked himself in a bedroom with a machete Friday evening.
Someone spotted the young man, who is in his late teens, running into the house at 93 Union Street just prior to 6 p.m. Friday, according to police. Officers responded to the neighborhood and members of the Captial Region Emergency Services Team were called in.
Police said the teen had barricaded himself inside a bedroom with a machete. Authorities feared he may have been suicidal.
A Vernon officer trained in crisis intervention tried to contact the teen but was unsuccessful, so a state police K-9 team entered the apartment and took him into custody around 7:15 p.m. Vernon police said the teen suffered superficial injuries while police were detaining him. He was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center for treatment.
No charges have been filed. Police have not released the name of the teen.
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