Burlington Police resolve North End standoff

Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 4:29 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington Police say a standoff in the city’s North End Wednesday afternoon has been resolved.

Witnesses say police with guns drawn responded Wednesday around 4 p.m. to a residence at the intersection of Brandywine and Van Patten Parkway. Police say someone suffering a mental health crisis barricaded themselves in a building, causing extensive damage.

Burlington Police Acting Chief Jon Murad says officers did not use any weapons and the matter was resolved without any injuries. The man was brought to the hospital for an evaluation.

Murad says officers in recent years have undergone significant training to deescalate these types of situations. “It was really an example of the patience this agency has learned to practice over the years. Deescalation and deceleration are the key components of how we approach a crisis like this. That really is the elements to make sure we resolve something like this safely,” he said.

Because of the extent of destruction in the home, Vermont Gas Systems was also on scene.

Neighbors we spoke to say they’re surprised but felt there was no threat to the public and are hopeful the individual is getting the help he needs.

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