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Stamford Man Causes Damage To Girlfriend's Fairfield Home, Holds Police At Bay During Standoff

The Fairfield Police Department was able to convince a man to surrender after he held officers at bay during a standoff following a domestic dispute.
The Fairfield Police Department was able to convince a man to surrender after he held officers at bay during a standoff following a domestic dispute. Photo Credit: Daily Voice photo

A Fairfield County man was arrested after he was allegedly caught breaking windows at his girlfriend's home during a domestic dispute.

Derek Pflueger, 40, of Stamford, was arrested around 10:15 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, after Fairfield Police responded to a 911 call at a home on Kings Highway, said Lieutenant Antonio Granata. 

The victim was able to run out of the home and call police reporting the violent behavior, which dispatchers relayed to responding officers, Granata said.

Officers arriving on the scene found several windows around the home were actively being shattered by a Pflueger on the second floor of the home, he added.

Pflueger refused to come out of the home and continued to damage property inside. He made several threats to harm himself, which prompted a response of trained police negotiators in addition to a response from the Fairfield Emergency Services Unit, Granata said.

After four hours of negotiations, Pflueger was taken into custody without incident after he surrendered. 

An investigation determined that Pflueger was in violation of a Protective Order which was placed upon him by the court to prevent him from being in close proximity to the victim’s home. 

It was also determined he caused extensive damage inside the home, adding additional charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. 

He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Dec. 3.

“We are thankful for the quick thinking of the victim, who got herself to a safe location and called for help," said Chief Christopher Lyddy. "After it was established that this was an isolated incident with no threat to neighbors and other innocent bystanders, we were able to let our trained negotiators and time do the job. Thankfully no one was injured."

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