NORWALK, Conn. – A man accused of holding Norwalk Police at bay Thursday in a tense armed standoff is being arraigned Friday at Norwalk Superior Court.
Williams Loeffel has been charged with threatening first degree, reckless endangerment first degree, unlawful restraint first degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm and breach of peace second degree. Bond was set at $150,000.
Police say Loeffel fired several shots Thursday inside his girlfriend's house at 4 Hillside Street to show them that he meant business after he threatened to shoot people in the vicinity. The high-caliber rifle had a scope, Lt. Murphy said.
His girlfriend called police at 2:01 p.m. after fleeing the home, they say. Loeffel had threatened to kill himself.
The neighboring Ben Franklin Center was immediately put on lockdown by Lt. James Walsh, shift commander. Lt. Shawn Wong Won spent more than an hour talking Loeffel out of the house. There were no injuries.