Jeremy Gibb, of Housatonic Avenue in New Milford, was arrested Friday, Jan. 2 on charges of second-degree breach of peace, assault on a public safety officer, threatening and third-degree criminal mischief.

New Milford police reported the 19-year-old man threatened to shoot officers from the hallway of an apartment building.

Police had received a report of an emotionally disturbed, intoxicated man was in the building's hallway with a rifle and was threatening to shoot officers called to help.

Police set up a perimeter around the building at 3 Housatonic Ave Jan. 2 about 3:30 p.m. and evacuated nearby neighbors.

Intersections nearest to the downtown complex were also closed down.

The suspect, Gibb, eventually left through the rear of the apartment building, where officers were positioned.

Gibb surrendered to officers after a brief struggle. Police said he continued to display unstable behavior while being subdued, spitting at an officer and asking the officer numerous times to shoot him, police said.

Officers then retrieved a BB pistol that, from a distance, had appeared to be a handgun, police spokesman Lt. Larry Ash said.

A search of the inside premises turned up a pellet rifle, also a close facsimile to a true rifle, Ash said.

One officer suffered a minor knee injury in the fray, but no shots had been fired, Ash said.

Gibb was taken to New Milford Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and then released to officers.

He was held on $50,000 bond for a Jan. 5 court date at Superior Court in Bantam.

Staff writer Nanci Hutson contributed to this report.

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