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Five-Hour Standoff Ends in Arrest

Westport resident Charles Shaw of 17 Old Orchard Road was arrested early Monday morning after a more than five-hour standoff with police in which he allegedly threatened to commit suicide with his wife and three children in the home.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a call from a woman who said her husband was threatening to end his life. It was confirmed that Shaw, 41, was in the house with his three children and a gun, Westport Police Sgt. Eric Woods said in a statement.

Upon arrival, police attempted to contact Shaw but failed. The area around the home was secured, and the Southwest Regional Tactical Team and crisis negotiators were called in. Shaw did not respond to the crisis negotiators, either.

Members of the tactical team entered the home at about 3:30 a.m. and arrested Shaw without incident. He was charged with second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.

He was held on $25,000 and was scheduled to appear in court today.

Also from the police blotter:

• Bridgeport residents Josheka Womack, 28, and Ebony Harper, 31, were arrested Saturday night after allegedly stealing from the Marshalls on Post Road East. According to police reports, store security saw the women cut security tags off items and put the items into their purses. When the suspects left the store, they were approached by police officers and the items were recovered. About $1,300 worth of merchandise was taken.

Both women were charged with fourth-degree larceny, possession of a shoplifting device and conspiracy to commit larceny. They are due in court Nov. 30. Bond was set at $5,000 for Womack. Harper, who was on parole for a larceny conviction, was remanded to the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.

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