Yesterday, Middletown Police received a call from a local adult probation officer regarding the well being of Jerame Henderson, 27.
The probation officer reported to police that Henderson expressed interest in harming himself and committing random crimes due to being violated for a DUI arrest on March 22, 2013 in Middletown. The probation officer mentioned that Henderson’s threat to harm himself was allegedly by way of a firearm. He allegedly told his probation officer that he would rather harm himself than go to jail.
Middletown Officers responded to Henderson’s residence at 273 Spencer Drive believing that he was inside. There was no preliminary indication through computer checks that Henderson legally had authorization to possess a weapon, but proper precautions were taken nonetheless. Patrol officers set up a perimeter at the residence and the department’s hostage negotiation team was activated to attempt to make contact with Henderson.
The Middletown Police Emergency Response Team was also activated. The team replaced Patrol Officers on the perimeter as a plan to make entry into the residence became a possible solution to the incident. Having concerns about a firearm in the hands of a potentially unstable person posed obvious concerns for the team and officers.
Henderson repeatedly terminated calls placed to him by police. Utilizing law enforcement cell phone technology, the location of his phone was determined to be in different locations at different times in Middletown. Finally, Henderson agreed by phone to come to police headquarters and meet with negotiators. The incident ended safely and Henderson was unharmed. He is currently being evaluated by Mobile Crisis but he still faces the probation violation at this point.
Jerame Henderson is currently on probation for a domestic violence related incident in New Britain dating back to December of 2009. He was charged with Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, Strangulation in the Second Degree, Unlawful Restraint in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Violation of a Protective Order.