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

Standoff ends peacefully; suspect and his wife are in custody.
Heather Chapin-Fowler
Nov 18, 2013


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.




Hopefully, they are able to peacefully talk him out and get him the help he needs.


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Thanks for silencing a veteran and proving my point that the writing staff at the NR is lackadaisical. But seriously your tactics are lame and your writing is even worse.

If anything put this in front of ALL the articles written by your staff;

Warning this article is poorly written with little or no facts and may contain Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).



Unfortunately, I did not see your comment before it was removed by the Norwalk Reflector staff. I assume that you agreed with me that you were hoping that they were (and did) talk him out peacefully and hopefully they are able to get him the help that he needs.

I agree with you that far too often in this country, it is the veterans that are unfairly and constantly silenced.

Thank you for your service.



No problem. I loved being in the military and miss it now that I'm out. I do hope the guy gets some very obvious and much needed help. As a veteran he could have went to the VA and had these issue dealt with if it was a problem. I'm sure he'll get the help he needs now. Word of mouth though doesn't grant some one veterans status and that should have been looked into before running it in the paper.


Jake,that is a little harsh.I am a veteran and not pleased in the reference either.They could be more sensitive, and say husband,man,white Catholic or Protestant.Might even say former veteran that served defending The Constitution.


Thank you and the others veterans on here for serving. My comment stems from various other articles that have been written by this staff along with this article. This isn't the first time they've tried bashing (not reporting) a group of people or an individual to attract readers. Not realizing their unnecessary context is taking away from the main point of the article. That's not having journalistic integrity or having good writing skills. The paper has bashed judges, police departments, veterans, all the local communities and innocent individuals. I don't feel I should have to sit in the dark on area news because the source of it. It might be harsh but sadly enough it's the truth. I just find it hard to believe that they aren't doing this on purpose.


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Seriously?? Check back soon, Alaska State Troopers are on their way too!

whatever you say



Yes there is a lot of info missing here. So why did the Mrs. go back into the trailer. Then why were both of them arrested instead of helped? It's obvious that they have (especially the man) problems. I wonder what started all of this in the first place.


Looking at the pictures. Is that there trailer? If so, was there somebody left to take care of the pets? I hope the lawmen didn't leave them home by themselves. They can't feed themselves or let them out to go potty.


Now, that I read the correct information here. I'm not very Happy that these two were able to induce this panic and evacuations on me and others here JUST for another one of their DRUNKIN Escapades. I sure hope the authorities really figure them out and that these two PAY for the Mess they caused. Cause there are real incidents of this that happens all around us and it doesn't end well. At Least Now I know I can Sleep and that My Family is safe tonight! Thanks Red & Vicki :(


So what really Happened?
When Sandy Hook school was attacked, how come the BAD mother and Bad Doctor did NOT get LOOKED at? The child was medicated, was it zoloff?or other psychotic medication?
When the Colorado movie massacre by James Holmes, how come the doctor feeding him medications not LOOKED at? And tucson arizona congresswoman shooting by Jared Loughner, take a LOOK at the doctors that were not treating this person? My bet is, there are hundreds of other cases where it was the doctors over medicating, under medicating, not knowing what they are doing, bad parents not checking what there children are doing, plus the medications by doctors, hundreds. But they blame the gun.

Dr. Information

Always someone else fault. The new America.


The LAW calls it, depraved indifference.

And YES it can be someone elses Fault. there Dr. information not enough.

Richard Cranium

57 years old?? He is too young to be a Vietnam Vet. He may have served, but not in Nam. He is probably one of those guys that gets drunk and says he was a "green beret seal team Ranger sniper". Hey Reflector and staff- get the facts straight before you dishonor a true Vietnam Vet. You tried to make it seem like a Rambo movie. All you have done is make the true Vietnam Vets look like raging ptsd psychos. How about looking up the facts of this guy and then issuing a correction/apology.

Everyone is fam...

He would have been 18 in 1975...the end of Vietnam. He may have served there for a short time.

Richard Cranium

They pulled out in April 1975. I highly doubt they sent him.

Everyone is fam...

Not disputing that it's unlikely, but just saying it's possible.


"Private First Class Dan Bullock was just 14-years-old when he enlisted in the Marines by using false documents"

"The last American soldier killed in the Vietnam War was Kelton Rena Turner, an 18-year old Marine. He was killed in action on May 15, 1975"
"The youngest Vietnam KIA is believed to be Dan Bullock at 15 years old."
"At least 5 men killed in Vietnam were 16 years old.
At least 12 men killed in Vietnam were 17 years old."


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Goodbye NR!

So Cheney's name of D!ck is profane?

Ef you!!!!!!!

I am out of here!

Perhaps you can write about a dog passing a turd on a lawn?



And good luck to all!


Same math i was doing. Vietnam era was over long before this wantabe came of age. and as far as your rant toward the reflector. That has been the presses whole agenda. THINK ... VET..GUN..violence!! to make ANY VET seem as an unlawful, physico, who no one should listen too about how this country has been protected thru the years. It was merely our overlords in DC. The ruling class!.. Big Brother you should listen too! My thoughts on why this kinda spew always seems to come from the press.

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Desert Storm in the 90's perhaps


Freakin rambo. Lol.


Re: "A Vietnam veteran,"

NR, why are you leading the story with this phrase?

Why the (bleep) is it even IN the story?

Does it somehow make him seem even more scary and unbalanced????

It is A SLAP IN THE FACE to everyone who served!

Why not mention his race, religious and political affiliation as well?

"Heather Chapin-Fowler"?

Nice hyphenated name - reads like a twenty-something, left-wing feminist commie babe. Not surprised at the disrespect.

Probably voted for the lying commie in the WH twice.


Speaking of disrespect....


So what are your thoughts "on the topic"?

Dr. Information

Agree with you here Contango. The headline was a bad one.