Police attacked in Mount Vernon Rd. incident

Matthew Dufresne

Matthew Dufresne

Officers deployed K-9 units, tasers, pepper spray, and police batons during an incident early Sunday morning. A Southington Police Department release said that, at approximately 1:42 a.m., reports of a man yelling in a driveway led police to a home in the area of 2152-2164 Mount Vernon Rd., where they encountered Matthew Dufresne, 46, of Bristol, beating a male victim in the bathroom.

According to police, when they entered the bathroom, Dufresne‘s target quickly changed. and he began to attack the officers. His behavior was described in a police report as “irrational.”

Additional officers were requested and responded to the scene, where the tasers, pepper spray, a baton, and a police K-9 were used to defer Dufresne’s attack.

When officers were finally able to restrain Dufresne, he was placed in handcuffs and taken into custody. Both he and the victim were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The complainant fled the scene fearing for his own safety after witnessing Dufresne‘s behavior, according to a police report.

One officer has reported an injury as a result of the incident, and a police K-9 is being checked for injuries.

Dufresne was charged with second degree breach of peace, interfering with police, and two counts of assault on police. He has been held on a $100,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 13.

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