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Shenkman hostage drama

Richard Shenkman hostage drama in South Windsor.

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Richard Shenkman is taken by ambulance after being apprehended, ending the day-long standoff with police at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Nancy Tyler, second from left, with her son Peter and daughter Victoria, right and second from right, and a man identified as Victoria's boyfriend, walk by after watching South Windsor firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of Richard Shenkman's house at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009 after a fire allegedly set by Shenkman during a standoff with police consumed the structure overnight. Tyler was held captive by Shenkman until she escaped shortly after dark.

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The Newington Special Weapons and Tactics team load their equipment in their vehicles after leaving the scene at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor after the police standoff with Richard J. Shenkman had ended early on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Shenkman held his wife Nancy P. Tyler hostage during a day long stand off with police Tuesday, July 7, 2009 that ended just after midnight.

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Neighbors who were evacuated and concerned over possible fire damage receive direction from a South Windsor police officer after Shenkman is taken out by ambulance as firefighters are allowed into the scene, during a standoff situation between police and Richard Shenkman, at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Dana Jensen/The Day |

A South Windsor fire fighter looks over the scene while the department continues to pour water on the residence at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor after the police standoff ended with Richard J. Shenkman who held his wife Nancy P. Tyler hostage during the day long stand off Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Dana Jensen/The Day |

Early morning hours of Wednesday, July 8, 2009 South Windsor firefighters spray water on what is left of the residence at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor where Richard J. Shenkman held his wife Nancy P. Tyler hostage during a day long stand off with police Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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South Windsor Mayor Cary Prague and police chief Gary Tyler look over the smoldering remains of Richard Shenkman's house at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wed. July 8, 2009 after a fire allegedly set by Shenkman during a standoff with police consumed the structure overnight.

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A group of little leaguers walk by as fire, police and town officials stand in front of the smoldering remains of Richard Shenkman's house at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009 after a fire allegedly set by Shenkman during a standoff with police consumed the structure overnight.

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Tim Martin/The Day |

Firefighters are forced to stand back as the home is fully engulfed in flames after the tactical unit fired tear gas during a standoff situation between police and Richard Shenkman, as he holds his ex-wife Nancy Tyler hostage, and threatens to blow up his home, located at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Tim Martin/The Day |

Firefighters are forced to stand back as the home is fully engulfed in flames after the tactical unit fired tear gas during a standoff situation between police and Richard Shenkman, as he holds his ex-wife Nancy Tyler hostage, and threatens to blow up his home, located at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Dana Jensen/The Day |

Police block off the street while firefighters continue to pour water on the residence at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor after the police standoff ended with Richard J. Shenkman who held his wife Nancy P. Tyler hostage during the day-long stand off Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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South Windsor Police Chief Gary Tyler takes a phone call as he stands in front of the smoldering remains of Richard Shenkman's house at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009 after a fire allegedly set by Shenkman during a standoff with police consumed the structure overnight. Shenkman is in the hospital after he surrendered to police after midnight. His estranged wife, Nancy Tyler, whom Shenkman is accused of kidnapping and holding hostage in the house escaped around before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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Investigators pore over the smoldering remains of Richard Shenkman's house at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009 after a fire allegedly set by Shenkman during a standoff with police consumed the structure overnight.

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Dana Jensen/The Day |

South Windsor firefighters return to 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor to take care of hotspots that flared up around daybreak Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Richard J. Shenkman held his wife Nancy P. Tyler hostage at the residence during a day-long stand off with police Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Tim Martin/The Day |

Two members of the tactical team walk away from the burning house after securing the scene and apprehending Richard Shenkman ending a day long standoff with police at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Dana Jensen/The Day |

The shell of an automobile sits in the remains of the burned out residence at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Richard J. Shenkman held his wife Nancy P. Tyler hostage at the residence during a day long stand off with police Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

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Sean D. Elliot/The Day |

South Windsor firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of Richard Shenkman's house at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009 after a fire allegedly set by Shenkman during a standoff with police consumed the structure overnight.

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Dana Jensen/The Day |

Television crews lineup across the street from the burned out residence at 96 Tumblebrook Drive in South Windsor Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Richard J. Shenkman held his former wife, Nancy P. Tyler, hostage at the residence during a day long stand off with police Tuesday, July 7, 2009.