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A body was discovered among the charred remains of a Connecticut barn, which exploded Wednesday night as officers attempted to negotiate with a man holding his wife hostage, police said. Authorities have not yet identified the remains, which they found on the North Haven property Thursday morning. Nine officers were taken to Yale New Haven Hospital with minor injuries including cuts, abrasions and bruises after the blast. They were trying to coax the suspect out of his home in North Haven, Conn., during an hours-long standoff when a barn on the property exploded around 8:30 p.m. and sparked a massive fire.
Police responded to reports of a "very, very serious domestic" dispute on Wednesday afternoon, and spent hours trying to negotiate with the suspect, who barricaded himself inside the home, Freda said. A SWAT team arrived at the scene, and several officers were searching the area around the barn when the explosion went off, according to Freda. At least six officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Freda said, while the hospital issued a statement saying seven patients were being evaluated.
Freda suggested the barn was rigged and said, "Based on the way the explosions took place, from what police told me, there was a series of explosions, which may indicate some sort of rigged booby traps," according to the Hartford Courant.