‘Shelter in place’ order issued in Coventry; Main Street shut down for police investigation | Connecticut News


COVENTRY, CT (WFSB) – A police investigation closed a portion of Main Street in Coventry on Thursday morning.

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Police in Coventry issued a ‘shelter in place’ order for a portion of Main Street on Dec. 2.

Police said a shelter in place order was issued.

They told Channel 3 that the investigation is centered in the area of 1100 Main St.

They reported that the situation involved a distressed person in a car.

They couldn’t comment on whether the person was barricaded or even speaking with officers. 

“We’re asking people to stay out of the Coventry area for now,” said John Elsesser, Coventry’s town manager. “The shelter in place is still in effect. Obviously people are trying to leave for work. We aren’t letting people come in for work. We’re encouraging people to, frankly, chill just wait it out.”

The street is closed between 275 Stone House Rd. and School Street. The closure is about a mile long.

“There arent alot of side roads and traffic is an issue,” Elsesser said. “School buses are going to have to long routes to get to school, so kids will get to school late. But school is in session.”

Elsesser said it was first notified of the situation around 6 a.m.

Police said no one has been evacuated and there’s no immediate threat to the public.

No other details were released.

“Anytime you have a distressed person, you have to always assume and take caution that it could escalate quickly,” Elsesser said. “We’re always concerned about someone who’s in mental distress escalating quickly. And that’s what we have to protect the public from.”

Channel 3 has a crew on the scene.

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