PLAINVILLE — A man charged in a standoff at Dick’s Sporting Goods last week reportedly told officers his “goal was to be shot by police,” according to court documents.
Eduardo Rivera, 44, was arrested on Friday and charged with falsely reporting an incident, carrying a dangerous weapon, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, and interfering with police.
On Dec. 28 around 2 p.m. police received a phone call stating a man was firing a gun at the rear doors of Lowe’s, 240 New Britain Ave., according to a police report. Officers responding found a man, later identified as Rivera, walking slowly near the rear docks at Dick’s Sporting Goods holding what appeared to be a large semi-automatic pistol. Police later determined Rivera placed the call.
Police evacuated the store and surrounding businesses in the plaza, the report said. Multiple police departments including Southington, New Britain, Bristol and the regional Emergency Response Teams responded to assist in the incident.
Officers ordered Rivera to drop the weapon but he did not comply, the report said. Police noted giving the commands in English, Spanish and Polish.
Police fired non-lethal bean bag rounds at Rivera, which struck him in the legs, the report said. He was taken to the hospital and placed under an emergency evaluation. Officers later determined what they initally believed was a firearm was an airsoft pistol Rivera purchased at Dick’s. Rivera reportedly painted the airsoft pistol’s orange safety tip to make it appear as a real firearm.
Rivera was interviewed by police and said he has an extensive mental health history and “hears voices telling him to do bad things,” the report said. He also reportedly said his “goal was to be shot by police when they confronted him.”
Rivera was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday and was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation. Bond was set at $100,000 and he is due back in court on Jan. 30.
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