Southington police ID, charge man who barricaded self in home, fired gun

Published on Monday, 6 May 2019 10:26


SOUTHINGTON - A local man faces charges after firing one round from his home, where he had barricaded himself, while the area SWAT was trying to negotiate with him over the weekend.

Police on Monday identified the man as Cox Owen, 50, of 60 Long Lane, who has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace. Police were called to his home on Saturday, at about 3:50 p.m., on the report that a man was inside with a gun.

Owen was the only person in the home, and he had barricaded himself inside, according to police. The area SWAT team, known as the Central Region Emergency Response Team, was called to the scene. During the incident, police said, Owen fired one shot from the home.

Police were eventually able to talk Owen into coming outside without any further incident. Police said they seized an AR15 Rifle, a shotgun and two handguns from inside the house.

Owen was taken to an area medical center to be evaluated.

No injuries were reported.

Upon being released from the medical center, Owen was charged. He is being held on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court today.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 6 May 2019 10:26. Updated: Monday, 6 May 2019 10:28.