Police identify man found dead after standoff last week
UPDATE: A man found dead in his High Street apartment after barricading himself inside following a motor vehicle crash Friday, Nov. 17, was identified this week as Ronald Schiraldi , 49, of Milford, according to Milford Police Spokesman Mike DeVito.
DeVito said Milford Police responded to a crash on High Street around midnight, and found an unoccupied, heavily damaged vehicle against a utility pole outside the apartment complex. Police traced the owner to an apartment on the third-floor.
Around the same time, DeVito said, Milford Police were contacted by the sister of the owner of the car, reporting that he had made suicidal comments to her.
Police cordoned off the area and tried to make contact with the man overnight using a police dog, a robot and directly speaking with him. DeVito said all of those efforts were unsuccessful, for different reasons.
A “limited SRT entry” with a five-man team was made around 8 a.m., DeVito said. The man was found, and declared dead by a paramedic around 8:10 a.m.
“We tried not to enter,” DeVito said.
There was no indication anyone else was in the apartment, and the man lived alone, DeVito said.
The man had no history with Milford Police, DeVito said.
High Street and Factory Lane were closed during the standoff. Those roads were being reopened to some traffic around 8:15 a.m.
Around 8:20 a.m. Friday, speaking to reporters outside the Coast Guard Auxiliary facility on Factory Lane, DeVito said he did not know the cause of death and that the apartment was now a crime scene. It was too early to comment on the presence of a weapon, but the man was a registered gun owner, DeVito said.
Residents of the third floor were evacuated, but were allowed to return home Friday morning.