New Britain Man Arrested Following Police Standoff in Plainville

Police have identified the New Britain man who was arrested after a police standoff in Plainville on Friday.

Plainville Police said they received a call on their routine phone line from a man reporting that another man was firing a gun at the back door of the Lowe's Store at the Connecticut Commons Plaza on New Britain Avenue.

When officers arrived, they said they found a man holding a gun behind Dick's Sporting Goods near the loading docks.

The man, later identified as 44-year-old Eduardo Rivera, of New Britain, was detained in the area and surrounding businesses were evacuated.

Officers conducted negotiation efforts with the man, who police said initially did not comply with orders to drop his gun.

Members of the Central Regional ERT Team, the West Hartford ERT team, along with officers from New Britain Police Department, Bristol Police Department and the State Attorney's Office responded to assist.

Shortly after 5 p.m., police said they were able to take the Rivera into custody, using non-lethal force. Rivera was taken to New Britain Hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Investigators later learned the gun Rivera had was an unloaded, plastic BB gun.

There were no injuries to any law enforcement personnel or civilians in the area.

Rivera is facing charges including falsely reporting an incident, interfering with an officer, breach of peace, reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation.

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