Waterford Police Charge Man in Standoff

Sunday, the Waterford Police Department charged Jonathan Bill with three crimes and seized several guns from his home following a Saturday standoff.

Sunday, the Waterford Police Department charged a 49-year-old man with three crimes and seized several guns from his home following a six-hour standoff with the man Saturday night.

Sunday, 49-year-old Jonathan Bill of 28 Ferri Drive was charged with first-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with police and several guns were seized from his home after he allegedly threatened to shoot a police officer. Bill was held on $100,000 bond and will appear in court on Tuesday.

The department did not release how many guns were taken from Bill’s home or what kind of guns they were.

The Standoff

At 3:21 p.m. on Saturday, the Waterford Police Department received a 911 call from an unidentified person at 28 Ferri Drive, a mobile home in the Woodland Mobile Homes Park. That person said Bill was inside the home and told police that Bill said he was going to shoot the first cop he saw, according a Waterford Police Department press release.

The police department established a perimeter around Bill’s trailer and told all the neighbors in the area to evacuate. The department tried to contact Bill, but when that was unsuccessful Waterford Police called in the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit, according to the release.

Upon arrival, state police armed with rifles surrounded Bill’s trailer and a spotlight was shined on the home. At around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, state police began to communicate with Bill with a megaphone outside of his home; telling him he was surrounded and he should come out with his hands up.

At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill agreed to surrender to police and was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. No one was injured in the standoff.

Sarah orr January 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Thank you Waterford police for handling this is such a quick manner. What I took out of this was more than an evacuation for Saftey, it made my family realize what things we need to have packed into a bag that we can grab at a moments notice. Phone chargers, money, licenses, extra set of clothing, etc. Well done Waterford and State police.
Kathy Waszczak January 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM
A very stressful time for all involved, Thank you Waterford Police and State Police for handling this situation with patience and a peaceful ending, now ,maybe this man can find the help he so very needs.
ZIGGY January 21, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Yessss...cheers to The Waterford Police....and no-one got hurt....nice job
R Lee Balderdash January 21, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Could this be one of those SWAT-ing incidents where someone calls seemingly from inside the house to get someone in hot water?. Maybe someone from the park who knows he has guns and they make her nervous so she instigates an incident like this. An "Unidentified person at 28 Ferri Drive"- makes a call from the general vicinity, etc...
fedspy January 21, 2013 at 04:35 PM
another well done job to the waterford police and its administration. i always wonder how a person such as mr. bill survives or makes a living . i continually have the belief he is on some form of govt. relief , disability with ss. or some other form of govt. suppport without follow up services to justify this type of support. then again, i could be wrong.
R Lee Balderdash January 21, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I don't see how they get a charge of "first degree threatening" out of somebody saying that Bill said something threatening. I could see it if they had him making a direct threat on the 911 call- but that isn't alleged. Steve makes a good point though- maybe this would be a good way to lower the cost of Socialist Security. Send Swat teams out to deal with all the leeches on disability.
samely January 21, 2013 at 08:40 PM
name-calling/insulting on someone you don't know or whose situation you don't know (excuse me if i'm wrong re: the knowing of) is a reason i dislike people more and more on a daily basis. this has me thinking about the 18 year young distraught waterford high school student bringing a knife to school the day before this incident... fix it before it breaks?
Antoinette January 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Yah to you R Lee. Everyone should feel the same way, maybe this country wouln't be in such a hole!
samely January 21, 2013 at 08:55 PM
yeah, blame it on mr. bill... when was the gulf war? maybe, just maybe there's a connection?
Anon1212 January 21, 2013 at 10:56 PM
This is the type of man who trusts anyone, and at the time of the standoff was probably hiding while absolutely terrified. Even if he owned guns, my understanding is that gun ownership is still legal. However one individual, who enjoys feeling more important then she or he really is, saw to it that someone called 911. This a man who had threatened no one except himself, was legally keeping to himself, quietly in his own home, and suddenly found himself surrounded by a police standoff. How is that legal in this country.
Mr. LaPolatta January 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Anon, how can you be certain of this? It sounds like you know this individual? Do you know the person who made the call and what their reason for making the call was? Sounds a bit like you're undermining the measures the police took here. Just seeking the facts.
Anon1212 January 22, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Mr LaPotta, In what manner could you possibly even imply that I am (even attempting to imply anything even remotely intended to be) undermining the measures the police took here? They were acting on he information given to them. Given that information, their response was nothing less than admirable! Especially when you consider the dangers of gun violence, you have to take every precaution. In my opinion, given the information they had, the police acted efficiently, evacuating people, and well, taking care of the situation so that, in the end, it ended with peace. Their actions also resulted in John getting psychiatric assistance, not imprisonment. The police are not any issue here. My intention, I assure you, was not to imply that. I am annoyed with my perception of other aspects of the situation. Anon
Anon1212 January 22, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Mr LaPotta, You accused me of undermining the actions of the police. Which do I refer to first? Your provocative accusation? Or your question of what I actually take issue with? Clearly, in clarifying and defending myself against your understandably confused accusation, I wasted both of our times defending myself against your misunderstanding of my statement. It is my fault for 1) being so unclear 2) posting a THIRD time on a blog. But here I am. My frustration with the initiation of this treatment of an innocent creates a certain level of frustration for me. Anyone who spends five minutes with this man sees his innocence. So yes, I am familiar with him, in that I have met him. He is getting the help he needed. That's great. It just could have been handled better, if not for those "helpful" "acquaintances".
ZIGGY January 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM
hope they charge him for all the cop overtime fees also
Anna Radomski January 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM
he need to be lock up for a long time..I want to be safe in my own home .
Daniella Ruiz January 22, 2013 at 01:22 PM
it's a good thing nobody set off a firecracker while the SWAT team was there. might have ended up with a swiss cheese trailer full of holes.
samely January 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
fcol. or it could've happened in a little waterford neighborhood (where the neighborhood kids are outside smoking pot while comparing knives) at a nice home/condo that is being foreclosed on (a swiss cheese forclosure) because the people in it have hit a rough patch and can't afford their bills. (people should think before they speak/type as hardships have no boundaries :eyeroll: ) anyway. unfortunately sometimes it takes police involvement for someone to get the help they need. if this is how this man is able to get the help he needs i don't feel the police were wasting their time, matter of fact that's part of their job = "Mission of the Waterford Police Department: to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security and quality service to the members of our community." according to this article, mr. j. bill is a member of said community.
Daniella Ruiz January 22, 2013 at 08:59 PM
indeed, the response was 'measured' enough to mitigate an all out disaster. time spent chatting with mr bill probably gave him time to settle his nerves a bit, and let him know the community DOES CARE about him and the others like him. its winter, the most productive time for people to fall victim to depression, SADD and other issues. being contained in a small box doesn't help either. do hope many have learned form this, rather than reaffirmed their inflexible stance.
samely January 23, 2013 at 02:11 AM
a small box? i don't know about mobile homes nor do i know about life on ferri drive but if people can do this and keep happy, i don't think it's about "the box" as you so eloquently put. http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/york-micro-apartment-design-winner-announced-214258808.html you can have all the money and the biggest house, but it doesn't stop "people from falling victim to depression, SADD and other issues."
Mr. LaPolatta January 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Anon. I was just wondering if your statements were based on speculation or from knowing Bill on some capacity. Sounds like there is another side to this incident that's not being reported. Thanks for clarifying.
Daniella Ruiz January 24, 2013 at 03:52 AM
those new condos made from 'expired' shipping containers would offer some of the homeless in the area a basic place to keep them out of sight of the locals and ensure the life quality of the wealthy doesn't suffer too much. even stack them on top of the old Miner Lane landfill, give them a nice view at least, despite the healthy farm feel from the piggery and the annoying local speeders jumping the railroad tracks. they could put up tarpaulins to collect rain water, drive pipes into the decomposing garbage heap underneath for steady heat, (fooey on Millstone!) maybe even have some nice gas ranges to cook on from the methane, maybe even start up a homecommune, with fresh squirrel stew, 'hot' barbequed buzzard wings/thighs and sell the rainwater for $4.00 per pint (Mexican idea). they could start a national trend, Bloomberg headlines would say "Homeless communes goes into full IPO after investors see unlimited growth potential!" perhaps the castle at WHS could have an outreach program, where a few aspiring students learn the ins and outs of living on a shoestring, while a homeless person switches places for a week/month. (Trading places?) could get interesting. a target range, skeet range up there could bring in a few extra dollars for the town (even have live pidgeons too!) never mind, i'm just get'ing silly, its past my beddy time and i need to turn my thermostat down to save money, its cold outside tonight!!! brrrrrrrr!


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