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UPDATED: Local trailer park residents evacuated after Vietnam vet makes threats

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Nov 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

A Vietnam veteran barricaded himself in a trailer outside Greenwich, bringing several law enforcement agencies to the scene and forcing the evacuation of several neighboring residents Monday night.

The suspect is Bruce “Big Red” Stawicki, 58, and he lives in the trailer at Lot 27 in the Woodlyn Acres mobile home park on U.S. 224, east of Greenwich.

Stawicki reportedly threatened to kill his wife and then himself, so his wife called 9-1-1.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the standoff, click HERE.)

The ordeal began about 8 p.m., and residents of nearby trailers of the park were evacuated about 9 p.m., according to witnesses at the scene.

Agencies at the scene included the Mansfield Police Department swat team, Ontario Police Department negotiators, sheriff's offices in Huron, Richland and Ashland counties and the New London, Greenwich and Shelby police departments.

Stawicki’s wife, Vickie, 55, escaped the trailer, but then as negotiations were ongoing, fled back to the residence against the wishes of authorities. She later was arrested.

He surrendered about 9:30 p.m.

As Stawicki was taken into custody, a group of teenagers cheered and threw their hands up, thankful he wasn't hurt.

Sitting in the back of a Huron County Sheriff's vehicle, Stawicki was cooperative and apologetic to deputies as he consented to allow them to search his residence for weapons.

Stawicki confirmed he is a Vietnam veteran. When asked if he was having problems with issues from the war Monday night, Stawicki's response was, "I have problems about it every day."

Stawicki again apologized for "calling all you people out here tonight."

The full story will be published in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.

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