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CROMWELL, CT - – A teen-ager who pointed a realistic-looking fake gun at police during a weekend standoff outside Cromwell High School faces criminal charges, police said.

The 17-year-old, who was not identified because of his age, was charged with criminal attempt to commit assault on a police officer, brandishing a facsimile firearm and operating a motor vehicle without a permit, police said. He was released on a promise to appear in Superior Court in Middletown Nov. 6 and was transported to Middlesex Memorial Hospital.

According to a police press release, a High Ridge Road resident called dispatchers about the teen shortly before 9:30 p.m. He refused to put down a large kitchen knife, the caller said. Family members locked themselves in their bedrooms and waited for officers to arrive.

The boy left the home, telling his parents he was going to Cromwell High School. Officers went to the high school and saw the boy, with the knife, in the parking lot. He did not respond to their commands to put the knife down, and a foot chase began, police said.

Officers noticed he had what looked like a Glock pistol on him. The teen raised it and pointed at the officers, police said.

An officer ended the brief standoff by positioning himself behind the teen and firing a stun gun at him, police said.

The teen later told officers he was attempting to "commit suicide by cop," the press release said.
 
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