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GROTON — A man involved in a standoff on Orion Avenue, after he allegedly fired a handgun inside his home Tuesday evening, has died.

Police called for area residents to remain in their homes as a precaution Wednesday morning as the standoff continued into a second day. Town of Groton police confirmed that the man, who has not been identified, died inside the house at 8 Orion Ave.

The exact cause of death has not been released.

According to a press release, Groton officers and state troopers were called to the home, in a neighborhood south of the Naval Submarine Base, around 7:15 p.m. after receiving a report from a woman who lives there that her husband had fired a weapon.

Police were able to safely remove the woman and two children from the home shortly after the call for help. They set up a perimeter at the nearby Navy Lodge. Officers evacuated neighboring residents, while others in the vicinity were asked to stay in their homes.

Town of Groton Police Chief Louis Fusaro Jr. said that the evacuations and shelter-in-place request were done "out of an abundance of caution."

With the help of a state police tactical team, officers made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the man. During that time, motion was visible in the house and it was determined that the suspect was in the home alone with a firearm.

The standoff continued into the morning, when police detonated a flash bang grenade in the home and entered it. They found that the man was dead.

Police said the case remains under investigation.

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Some Groton residents asked to remain in homes after disturbance on Orion Ave.

GROTON — State police and Town of Groton officials are asking residents to remain in their homes as a safety precaution as officers continue to investigate a domestic disturbance involving a man reported to be armed with a handgun.

The Town of Groton Police Department on Wednesday morning issued a release requesting compliance from neighbors along Orion Avenue following a disturbance that began around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

"At this time the incident remains active, but the scope is limited to the immediate area," Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro Jr. said in a press release. "Law Enforcement personnel from Groton and state police, with assistance from the FBI and NCIS, continue to work to resolve this matter."

Fusaro said in the release that there is no immediate threat, but that the request is being made "out of an abundance of caution."

According to a press release, Groton officers and state troopers were called to the Orion Avenue home after receiving a report from a woman who lives there that her husband had fired a handgun inside the home. The exact address and names of those involved was not released.

Police were able to safely remove the woman and two children from the home shortly after the call for help, set up a perimeter and evacuated area residents with the help of several other agencies.

With the help of a state police tactical team, officers made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the suspect. During that time, it was determined that the suspect was in the home alone with a firearm.

The investigation remains active.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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