WILTON — A Wilton man is facing multiple charges after allegedly threatening people with a broken table leg, barricading himself in a closet and biting two police officers.

The man, Joseph Gephart, 19, was subdued with a stun gun during his arrest Sunday night, according to Officer Andrew Hardy of the Wilton Police Department.

Sgt. Chad Abbot and Officer Michael Boucher were called to Gephart’s Weld Road home, because Gephart was threatening employees of a support service for people with developmental disabilities where he lives. Gephart is a client of the support service, Life Enrichment Advancing People, and his residence is owned by the group, also known as LEAP.

When police arrived about 7:30 p.m., three of the service’s employees were at the home, as was Gephart’s roommate, Hardy said. Gephart had broken a leg off a table, leaving screws sticking out of the leg, and he was threatening people in the room with it, Hardy said.

He said Gephart did not follow to orders to put the table leg down and then barricaded himself in a closet.

When officers tried to remove Gephart from the closet, he continued to resist and broke the skin of both officers’ hands when he bit them, Hardy said. At that point, Gephart was subdued with a stun gun and arrested. He was treated at Franklin Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered while resisting arrest, including an injury to his nose, Hardy said.

Gephart is charged with terrorizing, resisting arrest, violating a condition of release and two counts of assaulting an officer. He is being held at the Franklin County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252
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