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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Hastings

MPD Arrest Man With Five Warrants After Union St. Standoff

Manchester Police closed off Union Street between Brook Street and Harrison Street on Tuesday for a person who refused to come out of a multi-unit building.

According to police, they responded to 725 Union St. around 3:41 p.m. for a reported argument and references to a gun being involved.

Police surrounded the house and evacuated people from two floors of the building including a woman from the area where the person refused to come out.

MPD SWAT arrived with the Bearcat and set up in the alley while officers kept the building surrounded from all sides. One person wearing an ATF vest was at the scene. However, it appeared to be a Manchester Police operation. According to MPD Spokesperson Heather Hamel, a man could be seen looking out a third-floor window and did not come when police made announcements on a loudspeaker.

After a period, officers made entry and located the male in a closet. A firearm was not located. It was determined that the man, Christian Gerlach, 50 of Manchester, had 5 warrants out of Hillsborough County Superior Court-North. Gerlach was also charged with Resisting Arrest. Police did not release information on what the outstanding warrants were for or which agencies issued them.

Just before 6:00 p.m., the man was handcuffed and placed on a stretcher. The man was transported by AMR ambulance from the scene with a MPD officer riding in the back of the ambulance.

The scene was cleared immediately after the man was removed by ambulance.

©Jeffrey Hastings


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