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New London PD: Armed Felon Flees Library Disturbance, Gets Arrested

An armed felon who fled a disturbance in a city library, sparking school lockdowns, was found Monday and arrested, police said.

Taj Johnson, 23, of no certain address was charged with third-degree assault, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver (by a convicted felon), possession of a pistol without a permit, breach of peace and first-degree threatening, they said.

The disturbance happened Monday morning at the New London Public Library, 63 Huntington St. One of the involved people was reported to have a gun, police said.

When officers arrived, they were told that the man with the gun had left. The other man who was involved was still there and talked to police, they said, and officers got a description of the armed man.

They broadcast the description of the man with the gun, and area schools were locked down, police said.

After a search that police described as “intense,” officers found the man, Johnson, less than a mile away in the area of Crystal Avenue and State Pier Road and took him into custody, they said.

Police said they found a stolen, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol on Johnson when they made the arrest.

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