Topic:
FIREARMS; GUN CONTROL; LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; SEARCH AND SEIZURE; STATISTICAL INFORMATION; WARRANTS; WEAPONS;
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WEAPONS - FIREARMS;

OLR Research Report


August 13, 2009

 

2009-R-0306

GUN SEIZURE LAW

By: Veronica Rose, Principal Analyst

Laura Cummings, Legislative Fellow

You asked for an update of OLR Report 2008-R-0280 on the state's gun seizure law. This report covers the period October 1, 1999 through May 31, 2009.

SUMMARY

State law allows police, after investigating and determining probable cause, to get a court warrant and seize guns from anyone posing an imminent risk of harming himself or someone else. A judge must hold a hearing within 14 days after the seizure and order the police to hold the guns for up to one year or return them. The judge (1) must, when assessing probable cause, consider recent acts of violence, threatening, or animal cruelty and (2) may, when assessing imminent risk, consider such factors as reckless gun use or display, violent threats, alcohol abuse, illegal drug use, and prior involuntary psychiatric confinement.

Since the law took effect in 1999, police have applied for at least 277 warrants and seized more than 2,000 guns. At least 60 local police departments and the State Police have applied for warrants, with the State Police (43) and West Hartford (31) ranked one and two for number of applications. Other departments rounding out the top five are Bristol (18), East Haven (13), and Enfield (13). The courts have denied only two warrants (one for lack of probable cause and another on the grounds that the police had already seized all the defendant's guns under a previous warrant). They upheld the gun seizures in the vast majority of the cases.

The data also show:

1. suicide risk and murder threats as the most likely reasons for applying for warrants;

2. a spouse as the most likely person to initiate a complaint triggering a warrant application;

3. the potential target or victim of the person posing a risk is more likely to be a female, typically a wife or girlfriend, than male;

4. the person posing the risk is more likely to be a male than female (256 men and 21 women); and

5. police found guns in 96% of the cases in which they conducted a search.

BACKGROUND

Gun Seizure Law

The law allows any two police officers (or a state's attorney), under limited circumstances, to get warrants and seize guns from anyone who poses an imminent risk of injuring himself or herself or someone else. The officials may seek the warrant only after (1) conducting an independent investigation to establish probable cause and (2) determining that no reasonable alternative exists to avert the risk of harm.

The law does not define “independent investigation” or prescribe “reasonable alternatives.” But the floor debate on the bill that became law suggests that legislators believed that (1) as part of the investigation, police should talk to witnesses and corroborate allegations made against defendants, and (2) civil commitment and arrest were reasonable alternatives to a search warrant. A Superior Court ruling that reversed a seizure under this law identified consensual search as the most obvious alternative to seizure (State of Connecticut v. David Avery, No. CV11-9168A, 1999 WL 1207153 (Conn. Super. Nov. 30, 1999)).

In determining grounds and probable cause for issuing a warrant, the judge must consider any recent threat or violent act the person directed at himself or herself, others, or animals. In determining whether the threats or acts constitute probable cause to believe a risk of injury is imminent, the judge may consider, among other things, if the person (1) recklessly used, displayed, or brandished a gun; (2) has a history of using, attempting, or threatening to use physical force against people; (3) was ever involuntarily confined to a psychiatric hospital; (4) abused alcohol; or (5) illegally used controlled substances. If satisfied that probable cause exists and there is no reasonable alternative to prevent the person from causing imminent harm, the judge must issue the warrant (CGS 29-38c).

The court must hold a hearing within 14 days after a seizure to determine whether to return the guns or order them held for up to one year.

Scope

The report addresses the following issues:

1. the number of warrants requested, issued, and denied;

2. the people considered to be posing an imminent risk of harm (i.e., the defendant or subject of the warrant);

3. the kinds of allegations triggering warrant applications and the people who made the allegations (i.e., (a) the facts or allegations on which police based their determination that a person posed an imminent risk of harming himself or someone else and (b) the source of the allegations);

4. the potential target or victim of the person posing a risk (including the relationship between the potential victim or target and person posing risk);

5. number of guns seized; and

6. case disposition.

Methodology

In August 2000, OLR surveyed local police departments and the State Police for data on the gun seizure law. Since 2001, we have been updating this baseline information with data from gun seizure warrants, affidavits, and case reports voluntarily provided to the Judicial Department. When necessary, we have contacted departments to fill data gaps and verify information. We have categorized and summarized the data as shown on Appendix 1.

Limitations

There is no mandate for police departments to compile or report gun seizure data. Typically, they appear to maintain the data in files reflecting the case that triggered the warrant application (e.g., threatening or domestic dispute) rather than in separate, readily retrievable files. In some instances, responses were based on officers' recollections. Also, several large departments, including Bridgeport, Hartford, and New London have not indicated whether they have applied for warrants. Others including Greenwich, New Haven, and Stamford have reported only one case. The report potentially understates the number of warrant applications because some departments may have failed to report and others may have reported incomplete data.

WARRANT APPLICATIONS

As of May 31, 2009, at least 60 local police departments and the State Police had applied for gun seizure warrants under CGS 29-38c. They applied for 277 warrants, broken down by year as shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Number of Gun Seizure Warrant Applications, by Year (N=277)

Year

No. of Applications

1999 (Oct. –Dec.)

12

2000

20

2001

22

2002

21

2003

16

2004

27

2005

33

2006

22

2007

34

2008

42

2009 (Jan. –May)

28

Total

277

The number of applications ranged from one to 43. The State Police applied for the most warrants (43), followed by West Hartford (31), Bristol (18), East Haven (13), and Enfield (13). These five departments accounted for 43% (118) of the applications (see Table 2). Twenty-three departments applied for only one warrant.

Table 2: Warrant Applications, by Town — Oct. 1, 1999 through May 31, 2009 (N=277)

Police Department

No. of Applications

Police Department

No. of Applications

Avon

2

New Canaan

1

Berlin

3

New Haven

1

Bloomfield

3

New Milford

1

Bristol

18

Newington

12

Brookfield

2

Newtown

1

Canton

1

North Branford

2

Cheshire

1

North Haven

3

Clinton

1

Norwich

1

Danbury

7

Old Saybrook

1

Darien

1

Plainville

2

DEP police

1

Plymouth

1

East Hartford

4

Rocky Hill

3

East Haven

13

Seymour

4

East Windsor

1

Simsbury

3

Enfield

13

South Windsor

2

Fairfield

1

Southington

10

Farmington

7

Stamford

1

Glastonbury

2

Torrington

4

Greenwich

1

Trumbull

1

Guilford

2

UConn Police Department

1

Hamden

5

Vernon

4

Madison

1

Wallingford

2

Manchester

7

Waterbury

3

Meriden

3

Waterford

1

Middlebury

2

West Hartford

31

Middletown

1

West Haven

4

Milford

9

Wethersfield

1

Monroe

4

Windsor

2

Naugatuck

2

Windsor Locks

3

New Britain

9

Wolcott

1

   

State Police

43

Number of Police Departments = 61

REASON FOR REQUESTING WARRANTS

In 185 (67%) of the 277 cases, warrant applications were based on a suicide risk, murder allegation, or both. Suicide threats or behavior accounted for 126 (46%) of the applications, murder threats for 34 (12%), and murder-suicide threats for 25 (9%) (see Table 3).

Table 3: Reason for Requesting Warrants (N=277)

Reason

No. of Warrant Requests

% of Total Warrant Requests

Suicide threat/behavior/risk

126

46

Murder

34

12

Murder/suicide threat

25

9

Mental Issues

31

11

Threatening (other than suicide or murder)

20

7

Reckless gun use/display

10

4

Domestic dispute

8

3

Other

17

6

Unknown

6

2

Other factors that triggered applications included mental instability (11%), threatening (7%), reckless gun use or display (4%), and domestic violence (3%).

Figure 1 shows the relationship between the variables.

SOURCE OF ALLEGATIONS CONTAINED IN WARRANTS

The data show a spouse as the most likely person to initiate a complaint triggering a warrant application (see Table 4). A spouse was the source of the complaint or allegation in 55 of the 236 cases in which we were able to identify the complainant. A relative other than a spouse accounted for 36 applications, and law enforcement officials accounted for 29.

Table 4: Source of Allegations in Gun Seizure Warrants (N=277)

Source of Allegation

No. of Allegations

% of Total Allegations

Spouse

55

21%

Relative other than spouse

36

13%

Police/law enforcement official

29

10%

Health professional

25

9%

Public official/employee

13

5%

Girl/boyfriend

13

5%

Ex-girl/boyfriend

9

3%

Self

12

4%

Workplace official/coworker

9

3%

Friend

6

2%

Ex-spouse

3

1%

Other (neighbors, etc.)

26

9%

Total known

236

85%

Unknown/unclear

41

15%

Total of all allegations

277

100%

Others making allegations that triggered applications included health professionals, public employees, and friends. Figure 2 shows the relationship between the variables.

POTENTIAL VICTIM OR PERSON LIKELY TO BE HARMED BY DEFENDANT

In 151 (55%) of the 277 cases, the defendant was allegedly at risk of being harmed (126 suicide and 25 murder-suicide cases). Other than the defendant, the person at highest risk of being harmed was usually a wife. Other at-risk persons included neighbors, police, relatives other than spouses, coworkers and public officials-employees. In 43 of the 277 (16%) cases, there was no clearly identifiable at-risk person either because the defendant made no specific threat or made general nonspecific statements, interpreted as potentially harmful. And 10 cases (4%) did not include sufficient data to allow us to make a determination as to who was at risk.

NUMBER OF WARRANTS ISSUED

The courts issued 274 of the 277 warrants police requested. They denied one West Hartford warrant and one Wolcott warrant. The target of a third warrant voluntarily surrendered his guns before the warrant was signed.

The West Hartford case involved an individual from whom the police had seized guns under a previous gun seizure warrant. The court denied the second warrant on the grounds that the previous search had yielded all the guns to which the individual had access.

Wolcott's case involved an individual who (1) had been previously hospitalized and placed on medication for suicidal tendencies, (2) told a friend he was thinking of killing himself, (3) had a gun permit, and (4) lied about getting professional psychiatric help for his problems. The court denied the warrant for lack of probable cause.

SEARCH OUTCOME

Police found and seized guns in 263 (96%) of the 274 cases in which they got warrants. In all, they seized more than 2,000 guns. The State Police seized the most, 574, including 231 in one case (see Table 5).

Table 5: Number of Guns Seized, by Police Departments — Oct. 1, 1999 through May 31, 2009 (N=2,093)*

Police Department

No. of Guns Seized

Police Department

No. of Guns Seized

Avon

7

New Haven

1

Berlin

22

New Milford

4

Bloomfield

12

Newington

62

Bristol

59

Newtown

1

Brookfield

48

North Branford

6

Canton

6

North Haven

17

Cheshire

4

Norwich

2

Clinton

7

Old Saybrook

1

Danbury

31

Plainville

42

Darien

0

Plymouth

2

DEP

6

Rocky Hill

29

East Hartford

10

Seymour

21

East Haven

62

Simsbury

7

East Windsor

24

South Windsor

18

Enfield

88

Southington

77

Fairfield

8

Stamford

1

Farmington

51

State Police

574

Glastonbury

38

Torrington

63

Greenwich

11

Trumbull

6

Guilford

3

UConn Police Department

0

Hamden

12

Vernon

5

Madison

1

Wallingford

8

Manchester

27

Waterbury

31

Meriden

41

Waterford

5

Middlebury

50

West Hartford

170

Middletown

24

West Haven

32

Milford

89

Wethersfield

23

Monroe

39

Windsor

8

Naugatuck

34

Windsor Locks

26

New Britain

35

Wolcott

0

New Canaan

2

   

*In some cases, the number of guns seized was not reported and thus is not included in these totals.

CASE DISPOSITION

The 263 cases in which the police seized guns include (1) six in which the courts did not make an order because the cases were resolved before the hearing (e.g., the defendant agreed to let police hold or destroy the guns) and (2) 102 cases in which the disposition was unclear or unavailable. A surprisingly large number of police departments indicated that the courts do not inform them of the disposition of the cases.

The courts upheld the gun seizures in 125 (81%) of the remaining 155 cases (Table 6) by ordering the police to do the following with the guns: hold (80 cases), transfer to a third party (19 cases), destroy (17 cases), and sell (nine cases). In eight cases, the courts decisions consisted of two parts (e.g., they ordered some weapons destroyed and others returned to the defendant).

Table 6: Gun Seizure Case Disposition (N=263)

Disposition

Number

Hold guns

80

Transfer to third party

19

Destroy guns

17

Sell

9

Return guns

22

Other

8

Total know disposition

155

Unclear/unknown

102

No order

6

Total

263

The court ordered the police to return the guns in 22 (14%) of the 155 cases. In one of the earliest overturned cases, the court said the State Police had not exhausted the law's reasonable alternative standards. In another case, it overturned a Rocky Hill police case on the grounds of insufficient evidence. It reversed a more recent Torrington (2006/2007) police case on grounds that the department failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant posed a risk of imminent personal injury to himself or others. According to the court:

[T]he state has failed to offer sufficient evidence that the defendant harbors a propensity to cause harm by firearm misuse—let alone a propensity toward “imminent” personal injury. . . .The defendant's normal course of action, when he felt threatened, was always to call the police. He has no criminal record or record of reckless firearm use or misuse. He possessed a permit for the guns. In fact, the firearms were found in a locked safe when the officers executed the warrant. Although the statue raises arguably significant concerns concerning the defendant's mental health and possible paranoia, no medical testimony has been offered to support this assertion. As such, the evidence is not clear and convincing in the sense required by the statute (In Re: James Nardelli, Docket No: CV 18 10848, Superior Court G.A. # 18 at Bantam (Jan. 30, 2007)).

Figure 3 shows the relationship between the variables.

CRIMINAL HISTORY, MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY, AND GUN SEIZURE

In more than half of the cases, we received no information on the criminal or mental health history of the defendant in the gun seizure cases. Typically, in the cases in which we received this information, it was limited and fragmented. Further, it was not possible to verify what was reported. Consequently, even though we have included the information in Appendix 1, we have not analyzed it in the report.

ATTACHMENT 1: GUN SEIZURE WARRANT APPLICATIONS, 1999-MAY 31, 2009

Police Department Requesting Warrant

No. of Requests for Warrants

Subject of Complaint or Warrant (Person Posing Imminent Risk/ Defendant)

Person Initiating Complaint (Complainant)

Reason for Requesting Warrant (i.e., allegations Against Defendant)

Potential Victim/Person Targeted or Likely to Be Harmed by Defendant

Criminal or Psychiatric History of Person Posing Risk

Was Warrant Issued?

Issue Date*

Were Guns Seized?

If yes, how many?*

Case Disposition**

Avon

2

Case No. 1/72—Walter M. (m)

Friend (social relationship)

Suicide risk (made suicide threats; possible depression)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 15, 2002

Yes (6, plus ammunition)
Dec. 15, 2002

No order made (defendant's mother, who owned the guns, asked the police to hold them for a year or until a buyer was found; police transferred them to gun dealer on Oct. 29, 2003)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/208—E.S. (f)

Police

Suicide risk (87-year old subject stated, in police presence, that her spouse and child had died and the pain in her leg was so bad she wanted to use her gun and kill herself)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 1, 2007

Yes (1)
July 28, 2000

Unknown (hearing set for Aug. 15, 2007; no further information available)—file closed

Berlin

3

Case No. 1/76—Michael F. (m)

Landlord (other)

Murder/suicide threats (“I am going to kill myself and take a few people with me”)

Self and nonspecific

Arrests for motor vehicle and weapon violations

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
March 15, 2004

Yes (18, plus ammunition and other weapons) March 11 and 12, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on March 25, 2006)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/186—Timothy Y. (m)

Health professional (case worker)

Suicide risk (informed health professional of suicidal thoughts)

Self

Undergoing emergency committal at time of incident

Criminal record: unknown

Yes

Nov. 29, 2006

Yes (1, plus knife and ammunition) Nov. 23, 2006

Unknown (hearing set for July 5, 2007; court disposition unknown; as of April 30, 2008, police still holding gun)—file closed

   

Case No. 3/207—G. I. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (attempted suicide)

Self

Subject twice committed for suicidal comments and actions; police and EMS responded eight times to his house for suicide related incidents

Criminal record: unknown

Yes
July 3, 2007

Yes (3)
July 26, 2007

Hold (hearing on Aug. 21, 2007; court ordered guns held for one year; guns destroyed because they were not claimed)—case closed

Bloomfield

3

Case No. 1/78 Beatrice H. (f)

Health professional (doctor)

Mental instability (claimed to see people coming through her walls to harm her and her dogs)

No specific target

No known criminal history

History of paranoia; unresponsive to doctor's advice to get psychiatric treatment

Yes
March 22, 2004

Yes (1)
March 22, 2004)

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed; gun destroyed)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/145— Carol G. (f)

Spouse (husband)

Suicide risk (wrote suicide note)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 26, 2005

Yes (4, plus ammunition and accessories) Aug. 26, 2005

Hold (hearing set for Sep. 6, 2005; court ordered guns held for 6 months; as of Jan. 26, 2006, police still holding guns)—file closed

   

Case No. 3/270— John A. (m)

Friend (social relationship)

Suicide risk (threatened to kill self)

Self

Criminal history record: Domestic disturbance arrest, including disorderly conduct, unlawful restraint, violation of a protective order, assault 3rd, and breach of peace.

Yes

April 7, 2009

Yes (7) April 7, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for April 17, 2009; no other information available)

Bristol

18

Case No. 1/77—Daniel W. (m)

Spouse (estranged wife)

Suicide risk (said he wanted “to put a bullet through his head)

Self

History of depression

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Jan. 8, 2004

Yes (4, plus ammunition and accessories) Jan. 8, 2004

Unknown (hearing on Jan. 22, 2004; police still holding guns on May 1, 2008)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 2/80—James S. (m)

Police

Suicide risk

Self

Unknown

Yes
March 25, 2004

Yes (4, plus ammunition) March 19, 2004

Unclear (hearing set for April 7, 2004; guns returned on Feb. 25, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/105—Stanley S. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (depressed about employment status, threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
May 13, 2004

Yes (7, plus ammunition) May 7, 2004

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to third party; guns transferred in 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/108—Michael L. (m)

Relative (father)

Murder/suicide (murder threat and suicide attempts)

Self and neighbor

Institutionalized for depression and suicide attempts

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
May 7, 2004

Yes (1) April 18, 2004

Unknown (hearing set for May 20, 2004; initial court order not known; but guns turned over to CSP for destruction in 2006 under court order)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/111—Henry P. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threat

Spouse (wife) and her relatives

Unknown

Yes

Aug. 20, 2004

Yes (1, plus ammunition)

Aug. 20, 2004

Unknown (hearing set for Sep. 1, 2004; initial court order not known; but guns turned over to CSP for destruction in 2006 under court order)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 6/136— Mary L. (f)

Relative (father)

Suicide risk (attempted overdose on valium; wrote letter saying her life was not worth living and her relatives would be at peace when she died)

Self

Unknown

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (1, plus ammunition and firearm ID cards) Sep. 18, 2004

Return (hearing scheduled for Sep. 30, 2004; court ordered guns returned to owner)case closed

 

 

Case No. 7/140—Mark S. (m)

Relative (brother)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Aug. 2, 2005

Yes (1)
July 26, 2005

Hold (2005; court ordered gun held for one year; no further information available)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 8/151—Daniel M. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (distraught over wife's “affair,” threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 2, 2005

Yes (11)
Oct. 23, 2005

Return—hearing scheduled for Nov. 16, 2005; at hearing, guns returned to ownercase closed

   

Case No. 9/156—Albert D (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threat (subject, while drunk, pointed loaded shotgun at wife and threatened to kill her; police dispatched to scene saw loaded gun and hunting knife in plain sight)

Spouse (wife)

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 13, 2007

Yes (6)
Dec. 11, 2007, Dec. 14, 2007

Unknown (hearing scheduled for Dec. 21, 2007)—case pending

   

Case No. 10/158—Ted D. (m)

Relative (son)

Suicide risk (threatened to shoot himself after wife left him; responding officer found gun in house and learned from son that father had more)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 20, 2007

Yes (4, plus ammunition)
Dec 20, 2007

Return (hearing on Jan. 2, 2008; continued to Feb. 26, 2008; court ordered guns returned; guns returned in March 2008)—case closed

   

Case No. 11/159—Lonnie P. (m)

Police

Mental instability (“aggressive and tumultuous behavior”; irrational behavior; wife did not want gun in house, given subject's behavior)

No specific target

Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

Criminal history record information available

Yes
Dec. 14, 2007

Yes (1)
Dec. 12, 2007

Unknown—hearing held Dec. 28, 2007; no further information available

   

Case No. 12/167—J. D. (m)

Self

Suicide risk (told police of his suicidal and homicidal thoughts; said he (1) had been sexually abused and wanted access to police files to find and kill the perpetrator and (2) wanted to kill self but was worried about how it would affect his family)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 21, 2007

Yes (2)
Dec. 19, 2007

Unknown (hearing held Jan. 3, 2008; as of May 30, 2008, police still holding gun)

   

Case No. 13/171—John F. (m)

Relative (brother-in-law)

Suicide risk (cut self with knife in apparent suicide attempt)

Self

Heroin user

Yes
March 5, 2008

Yes (5)
March 7, 2008

Unknown (hearing on March 17, 2008; no information on court order)

   

Case No. 14/214—Carlos M. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (plunged knife into his chest in apparent suicide attempt and barricaded himself in his house with his kids)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 26, 2007

Yes (1)
Nov. 21, 2007

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed (Dec. 7, 2007))—case closed

   

Case No. 15/215—David S. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (said he had a hard life and wanted to end it; held “silver revolver to his head in the presence of his wife”)

Self

Previous suicide attempt (self-reported) Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Nov. 13, 2007

Yes (1)
Nov. 7, 2007

Transfer to third party—hearing on Nov. 20, 2007; court ordered gun turned over to police—case closed

   

Case No. 16/231—Stefan H. (m)

Girlfriend

Murder/suicide threat

Self and girlfriend

Unknown

Yes

Dec. 9, 2008

Yes (2)

Dec. 4, 2008

Unknown (hearing date set for Dec. 17, 2008; no additional information available)

   

Case No. 17/248— Brian C. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk

Self

Previous suicide threats

Yes

July 30, 2008

Yes (1)

July 30, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Aug. 8, 2008; no other information available)

   

Case No. 18/271— Richard B. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Domestic dispute (both parties arrested)

Spouse (wife)

Unknown

Yes

April 6, 2009

Yes (6) April 3, 2009 and April 6, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for May 15, 2009; no other information available)

Brookfield

2

Case No. 1/134—Jeffrey D. (m)

Relative (parents)

Other (enforcement of bond condition not to possess guns; parents reported seeing guns in subject's bedroom)

No specific target

Arrest history

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
Aug. 24, 2004

Yes (3, plus ammunition and other weapons)
Aug. 24, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of April 30, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

   

Case No. 2/218—Troy K. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Other (crisis intervention, as listed on police report)

Unknown

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 16, 2007

Yes (45, plus ammunition and accessories)
Oct. 16, 2007

Return (court ordered guns returned; guns returned on Dec. 11, 2007)—case closed

Canton

1

Case No. 1/227— David O. (m)

Landlord (other)

Murder threat

Landlord (other)

Unknown

Yes

May 7, 2008

Yes (6)

May 6, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for June 17, 2008; no further information available)

Cheshire

1

Case No. 1/87—Jeffrey F. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (upset about pending divorce and believed to be clinically depressed, made suicide threats)

Self

Treatment for clinical depression

Criminal record history: unknown

Yes
June 30, 2003

Yes (4, plus ammunition)
June 30, 2003

No order (all parties agreed to police holding guns until Dec. 31, 2003 and returning them if there were no further incidents)—case closed

Clinton

1

Case No. 1/212—Walter A. (m)

Self

Reckless gun use

No specific target

History of alcohol-related incidents; past admissions of wanting to hurt self

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (7, plus ammunition and accessories) Sep. 7, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year (Sep. 19, 2007))

Danbury

7

Case No. 1/22—Philippe L. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Murder threat (claimed law enforcement officers and others were trying to kill him; had access to guns and alleged history of drug and alcohol abuse and suicide threats)

Police

Unknown

Yes

Yes (8 plus ammunition and other weapons) May 2, 2000

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year (May 3, 2000); on July 10, 2007, guns given to CSP for destruction under court order because subject had not claimed them)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/166—Kari S. (m)

Relative (sister)

Suicide risk (in anticipation of subject's release from hospital for previous suicide attempt, subject's sister, estranged wife, and mother asked police to remove weapons for safekeeping)

Self

Mental health treatment after previous suicide attempt

Yes
Jan. 14, 2008

Yes (9)
Jan. 14, 2008

Hold (court ordered guns held; police holding them)—case active

   

Case No. 3/206—Bart B. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threat (defendant threatened to kill wife if she left him; keeps loaded gun on kitchen counter; admitted to a drinking problem and feeling mentally unstable)

Spouse (wife)

Unknown

Yes
June 13, 2007

Yes (1)
June 11, 2007

Other (court ordered guns returned in civil case but criminal case pending and protective order in place (June 25, 2007); as of May 12, 2008, police still holding guns (May 12, 2008)

   

Case No. 4/210—Joseph R.(m)

Serviceperson (other)

Threatening (gun threat)

Serviceperson (other)

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 28, 2007

Yes (1)
Aug. 28, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held; as of May 12, 2008, police still holding them)—case open

   

Case No. 5/211—Harry G. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (took prescription drug, consumed alcohol, and made suicidal statements)

Self

Prior suicide attempt-kept police at bay while he held gun to his head

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Aug. 31, 2007

Yes (9, plus ammunition other weapons, and accessories) Sep. 7, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held (Sep. 17, 2007); police still holding guns as of May 12, 2008)—case open

   

Case No. 6/224— Marissa V. (f)

Friend

Suicide risk (made suicide threats)

Self

Unknown

Yes

May 20, 2008

Yes (2)

April 28, 2007

Unknown (hearing set for June 16, 2008; no other information available)

   

Case No. 7/274— John P. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (made suicide threats)

Self

Previous suicide attempts; reportedly suffered from depression as a teen

Yes

April 13, 2009

Yes (1)

April 5, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for April 20, 2009; no other information available)

Darien

1

Case No. 1/7—Richard V. (m)

Employer (workplace)

Murder/suicide threat (faced arrest and job termination because of illegal workplace activities; police records showed that subject owned guns)

Self and spouse

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 8, 1999

No

NA (no guns found; no hearing required)—case closed

DEP police

1

Case No. 1/263— Loren C. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

2008 involuntary emergency confinement in psychiatric facility

Yes

Feb. 17, 2009

Yes

(6) Feb. 14, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for March 2, 2009; no further information available)

East Hartford

4

Case No. 1/115 —Donald M. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (threatened to use “gun to blow his head off”)

Self

Commitment for emergency evaluation after previous suicide threat

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (1, plus ammunition) Feb. 16, 2005

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed (May 6, 2005); gun was destroyed on July 26, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/125 —Kevin A. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Domestic violence (domestic dispute in which subject and victim assaulted each other)

Girlfriend

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 12, 2005

Yes (1)
Feb. 12, 2005)

Transfer to third party (gun was transferred on April 11, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/116 — Russell O. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (observed walking back and forth with handgun after threatening to kill self)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 29, 2005

Yes (7)
Dec. 29, 2005)

Unclear (hearing set for Jan. 12, 2006)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/141 — Derrick L. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Other (enforcement of family violence protective order; defendant was arrested and charged with kidnapping and 3rd degree assault (July 25, 2005))

Girlfriend and her estranged husband

Unknown

Yes

July 29, 2005

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories) July 29, 2005

Unknown (no information on hearing date or court order, but police still holding guns on May 12, 2008)—file closed

East Haven

13

Case No. 1/43 — Alfred G. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Other (failed to surrender guns while under protective order for making murder threats to wife)

Spouse (wife)

Unknown

Yes

July 18, 2001

Yes (1)
July 18, 2001

Unknown (hearing set for July 30, 2001; no information on initial court order; on Dec. 24, 2002, court ordered guns destroyed)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/130 — Mark C. (m)

Self

Mental instability (threatened police with knife; addicted to painkillers)

No specific target

Subject indicated he was addicted to prescription medication

Yes
Jan. 26, 2005

Yes (2, plus ammunition and accessories) Jan. 26, 2005

Unclear (court order unclear, but guns were returned on April 29, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/147 — Jeffrey T. (m)

Police

Other (police investigation of reckless endangerment charge)

Spouse (wife)

Domestic abuse/dispute (barricaded himself in bedroom following domestic dispute; previous threats to kill wife)

Yes
Oct. 6, 2005

Yes (14)
Oct. 5, 2005

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to subject's father)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/149 —Arthur M. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (doctor recommended that defendant, a returning Iraq veteran who voluntarily checked himself into hospital, needed to remain in hospital longer and advised his wife to remove guns from their home)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 9, 2005

Yes (4, plus accessories) Nov. 9, 2005

Sell (court ordered police to sell guns (Dec. 12, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/150 —Sean M. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk

Self

Convicted felon; history of alcohol abuse

Yes
Nov. 22, 2005

Yes (2, plus ammunition) Nov. 22, 2005

Destroy (court ordered guns destroyed)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 6/155 — Peter N. (m)

Health professional (counselor)

Other (subject apparently under order barring possession of handguns)

No specific target

Arrest record; undergoing therapy for undisclosed problem

Yes
Feb. 21, 2006

No (ammunition only)
Feb. 21, 2006

NA (no guns seized; court ordered ammunition returned; ammunition returned)—case closed

   

Case No. 7/164 —Marissa T. (f)

Spouse (husband)

Suicide risk (wrote suicide note, attempted to hang self)

Self

Treatment for depression

Yes
Jan. 25, 2008

Yes (1)
Jan. 18, 2008

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to relative (Feb. 4, 2008); guns transferred)—case closed

   

Case No. 8/173 —George B. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Domestic violence (subject allegedly taking wife's prescription medication and drinking heavily; hit wife in head with trash can; wife expressed fear for her life)

Spouse (wife)

In and out of drug rehabilitation centers for years

Yes

Feb. 24, 2008

Yes (23)
Feb. 24, 2008

Unclear (as of April 28, 2008, case still pending)

   

Case No. 9/174 —P. E. (m)

Anonymous (other)

Reckless gun display (in domestic dispute with son, subject brandished gun)

Relative (son) (other)

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 26, 2007

Yes (3)
Dec. 26, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year (Jan. 7, 2008)—case open

   

Case No. 10/202 —G. P. (f)

Service employee investigating malfunctioning street light after burglary (other)

Mental instability (investigating officer saw gun in plain sight; when he began to unload it, subject became irate and stated that the gun was loaded and ready to fire at anyone who broke through the front door.)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
July 23, 2007

Yes (2 plus ammunition) July 23, 2007

Return (court ordered guns returned (Aug. 7, 2007); guns returned)—case closed

   

Case No. 11/203 —Charles M. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Murder threat (made numerous unwanted calls to ex-girlfriend- threatened to “go postal on her”)

Ex-girlfriend

In Employee Assistance Program because of threat to bring gun to work and shoot people; No criminal history record information available

Yes
July 24, 2007

Yes (5, plus ammunition July 24, 2007

Sell (court ordered guns sold (Aug. 6, 2007)—case closed

   

Case No. 12/230— Tina T. (f)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (held loaded gun to head; admitted suicidal thoughts)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Dec. 14, 2008

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories) Dec. 14, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 22, 2008; no further information available)

   

Case No. 13/249— Edwin G. (m)

Ex-wife

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Aug. 8, 2008

Yes (4)

Aug. 6, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Aug. 19, 2008; no further information available)

East Windsor

1

Case No. 1/221—William M. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (girlfriend told police she found defendant drunk with gun in his mouth)

Self

Unknown

Yes
April 4, 2008

Yes (24, plus ammunition and accessories) April 4, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for May 13, 2008)

Enfield

13

Case No. 1/48 —Frank V. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Murder/suicide threats

Self and unspecified others

Arrest for burglary and gun theft

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
Oct. 29, 2001

Yes (11)
Oct. 29, 2001

Unknown (hearing set for Nov. 8, 2001no information on court order; as of April 30, 2004, police still had guns)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 2/49 —Peter V. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (suicidal behavior) behavior

Self

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 27, 2001

Yes (20, plus ammunition) Oct. 27, 2000

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned after holding period)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/52 —Paul S. (m)

Ex-wife

Suicide risk (told ex-wife goodbye, that he “loves her and the kids” and was going to commit suicide “by blowing off his head”)

Self

Arrest for assault and breach of peace

No information on psychiatric history

Yes
June 25, 2000

Yes (1, plus other weapons) June 25, 2000

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; when unclaimed, gun was sent to CSP for destruction on Sep. 24, 2003)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/102 —Joseph R. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Suicide risk

Self

Unknown

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (2)
March 14, 2003

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year until March 25, 2004; on March 25, 2004, court ordered guns destroyed)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/131 — John S. (m)

Police

Mental instability (armed with loaded gun while shoplifting, said he “just snapped,” did not know why he shoplifted, etc., police said “intake processing indicates suicidal tendencies )

No specific target

Arrests for robbery, breach of peace, and larceny; treatment for depression

Yes
date not known

Yes (3, plus ammunition, accessories, dangerous weapons, and non gun-related items) Feb. 1, 2005

Other (transfer some guns to defendant's attorney; destroy others (Feb. 14, 2005)—case closed

   

Case No. 6/288— Marcel T. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (drunk and armed with gun, told wife who wanted divorce “I am all done” )

Self

Unknown

Yes

Dec. 1, 2008

Yes (13) Nov. 28, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 12, 2008; no further information available)

   

Case No. 7/254— George L. (m)

Police

Mental instability (defendant called police who said he “appeared to be paranoid and acting bizarre”; defendant's friends expressed similar concerns)

No specific target

No specific target

Yes

Jan. 14, 2009

Yes (2, plus ammunition) Jan. 12, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Jan. 27, 2009; no further information available)

   

Case No. 8/245— Michael V. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threat/behavior)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Dec. 5, 2008

Yes (4) Dec. 4, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 12, 2008; no other information available.)

   

Case No. 9/236— John B. (m)

Roommate (other)

Suicide risk (apparently depressed about divorce proceedings, threatened suicide)

Self

Prior arrest; unknown circumstances

Yes

Sep. 19, 2008

Yes (12, plus ammunition and accessories

Sep. 19, 2008

Unknown

   

Case No. 10/239—John C. (m)

Health professional (crisis worker)

Suicide risk (ex-marine, ex-CIA officer had written obituary and threatened suicide several times; owned several knives and guns)

Self

Under doctor and therapist's care

Yes

Oct. 10, 2008

Yes (4 guns plus other weapons) Oct. 9, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 31, 2008; no further information available)

   

Case No 11/241— Mark V. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Nov. 10, 2008

Yes (2)

Nov. 10, 2008

Unknown

   

Case No. 12/238— Peter E. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (stabbed self and slit wrist with knife)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Sep. 29, 2008

Yes (12)

Sep. 26, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 10, 2008; no additional information available)

   

Case No. 13/235— Christopher G. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder/suicide threat (after wife served him with divorce papers)

Self and wife's friend

Undergoing therapy for depression and on anti-depressant medication

Yes

Oct. 9, 2008

Yes (2)

Oct. 9, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 23, 2008; no additional information available)

Fairfield

1

Case No. 1/21—William M. (m)

Relative (son)

Suicide risk (was target of FBI child pornography probe and raid; swallowed pills, armed self, led police in pursuit and refused to relinquish gun; police aware of subject's access to guns)

Self

Unknown

Yes
April 25, 2000

Yes (8, plus ammunition and accessories) April 25, 2000

No order (subject died before a hearing was held; police turned guns over to gun dealer on estate's behalf)—case closed

Farmington

7

Case No. 1/2—Bernard K. (m)

Relative (sister)

Murder threat (during domestic dispute, subject threatened to break sister's neck; after police seized guns and hospitalized subject, sister expressed fear of repercussions)

Sister and relatives

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 19, 1999

Yes (39, plus ammunition and accessories) Oct. 19, 1999

No order (hearing deemed unnecessary after parties agreed to defendant's stipulation to transfer the guns for resale)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/42 —Marc F. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Violent threat (threatened school official; also threatened neighbor with baseball bat; barricaded self in residence where police observed him with what appeared to be a gun and heard gun slide action)

School officials and neighbor (other)

Convicted felon with criminal arrest for carrying gun without permit; history of chronic alcoholism

Yes
June 10, 2001

No (ammunition only)
June 10, 2001

NA (subject agreed that ammunition be destroyed)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/63 —Robert J. (m)

Neighbors (other)

Reckless gun use (fired assault weapon recklessly in residential area)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 17, 2001

Yes (5, plus ammunition and accessories) Nov. 17, 2001

Destroy—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/67 —David D. (m)

Police

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 28, 2001

Yes (2, plus ammunition and accessories) Nov. 28, 2001

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns turned over to attorney; guns turned over)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/84 —Barry W. (m)

Acquaintance (social relationship)

Murder threat (admitted threat to put bullet in acquaintance's head)

Acquaintance (other)

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 21, 2003

Yes (1)
Dec. 21, 2003

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year (Jan. 5, 2004); on April 22, 2005, gun destroyed because it was unclaimed)—case closed

   

Case No. 6/184 —Frank J. (m)

Public official/employee

Mental instability (made numerous unfounded 9-1-1 calls; hallucinating while under the influence of alcohol)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 3, 2006

Yes (3, plus ammunition and accessories) Nov. 1, 2006)

Sell (court ordered guns turned over to subject's attorney for sale; turned over on Nov. 28, 2006)—case closed

   

Case No. 7/217 —Michael T. (m)

Public official/employee

Suicide risk (subject distraught over recent bankruptcy and litigation expressed feelings of hopelessness and desire to “slit his wrists)

Self

Diagnosed as bi-polar, not taking medication; no information available on criminal record

Yes
Oct. 7, 2006

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories) Oct 7, 2006

Sell (court ordered guns sold and any unsold items destroyed)—case closed

Glastonbury

2

Case No. 1/32—Michael B. (m)

Relative (mother)

Violent behavior (brandished knife at police officers who responded to 911 call and told them they would have to kill him; history of verbal and physical altercations with relatives; described possible ambush scenarios of police; police records showed he had guns)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 27, 2000

Yes (4)
Dec. 27, 2000

Unknown (no information reported)—file closed

   

Case No. 2/205 —Jean L. (f)

Health professional (psychotherapist)

Murder/suicide threat (told psychotherapist that she had a plan and a gun)

Self and spouse

Treatment by psychotherapist; previous threat to kill self and husband

Yes
June 7, 2007

Yes (34, plus large cache of ammunition and accessories) June 7, 2007

Unclear (but on Sept. 14, 2007, court ordered guns returned; guns returned on Oct. 24, 2007)—case closed

Greenwich

1

Case No. 1/4— B. T. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Other (altercation with neighbor; subject while holding handgun at his side, repeatedly expressed his right to protect his property; police records showed (1) past episode when subject allegedly walked around his property carrying rifle; (2) subject did not have gun permit; and (3) had active arrest warrant for DUI)

Neighbor (other)

Arrest warrant for DUI; no information available on psychiatric record

Yes
Oct. 28, 1999

Yes (11, plus ammunition and accessories) Oct. 28, 1999

Unclear (initial court order unclear, but on Oct. 16, 2001, court ordered weapons destroyed; on Jan. 3, 2002, police turned them over to CSP for destruction)—case closed

Guilford

2

Case No. 1/160 —Joanne F. (f)

Police

Mental instability (subject believes there is a conspiracy to kill her; had gun while being transported to hospital for psychiatric evaluation; police report describes her as paranoid and delusional)

No specific target

History of psychiatric evaluation; on medication for psychiatric problems and depression

Yes
Jan. 16, 2008

Yes (1)
Jan. 16, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Jan. 28, 2008)

   

Case No. 2/267— Ronald F. (m)

Health professional (family therapist)

Murder/suicide threat (wanted to commit “suicide by cop”)

Self and public officials/ employees

Previously arrested for (1) assault and (2) threatening to kill daughter

Yes

March 23, 2009

Yes (2)

March 24, 2009

Unknown (hearing date set for April 1, 2009; no further information available)

Hamden

5

Case No. 1/50 —Dean R. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Information unavailable

Unknown

Unknown

Yes
date unknown

Yes (1)
Feb. 21, 2001

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; gun returned Sep. 5, 2002)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/64 —Robert K. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (pending divorce; subject of restraining order, subject attempted suicide)

Self

Bipolar and depression Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Jan. 1, 2002

Yes (2)
Jan. 1, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns destroyed on Feb. 19, 2004)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/121 —James A. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (attempted suicide)

Self

Depression Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
March 31, 2005

Yes (5, plus ammunition and accessories) March 31, 2005

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned to defendant's brother on April 11, 2006)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/122 —Geneva D. (f)

Unknown/unclear

Mental instability (went to friend's house in disoriented state with loaded handgun; said she wanted the gun in case she had to go to hospital)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
April 22, 2005

Yes (1, plus ammunition) April 22, 2005

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed; gun destroyed Sep. 27, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/124 — Charles W. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (Suicidal and self-destructive behavior)

Self

Arrests for criminal mischief and criminal trespass; no information available on psychiatric history

Yes
May 5, 2005

Yes (3)
May 5, 2005

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 8, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

Madison

1

Case No. 1/232—Andre D. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (threatened to “shoot his brains out”; reportedly expelled from college, drinking excessively, and couldn't keep job)

Self

 

Yes

Nov. 13, 2008

Yes (1)

Nov. 10, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 18, 2008; no further information available)

Manchester

7

Case No. 1/19 —Michael G. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threat (psychiatrist described subject's escalating abuse of prescription drugs and advised police that he was in imminent danger of harming himself or someone else; had access to guns)

Spouse (wife)

Drug dependency

Yes

March 8, 2000

Yes (6, plus ammunition and other weapons) March 8, 2000

Hold (court ordered guns held for 120 days; returned on Sep. 18, 2000)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/85—Bruce B. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (reportedly made suicide videotape and had access to guns)

Self

No criminal arrest history

Unknown psychiatric history

Yes
Nov. 12, 2003

Yes (1)
Nov. 12, 2003

Unclear (initial court order unclear but the guns were returned on March 11, 2004 pursuant to court order)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/142 — Jorge A. (m)

Police informant (other)

Violent gun threats (threatened to use gun to solve his problems with neighborhood children)

Children (other)

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 13, 2005

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories and drugs) Aug. 13, 2005

Hold (as of April 29, 2008, police still holding gun)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 4/152 — Scott K. (m)

Workplace supervisor

Murder threats (made written threat to harm supervisor at work)

Co-workers (workplace)

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 28, 2006

Yes (3, plus ammunition and accessories) Oct. 28, 2005

Hold (as of April 29, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

   

Case No. 5/162 —Malcolm C. (m)

Relative (daughter)

Mental instability (mentally unstable and dangerous/at risk behavior; suffered from dementia, hiding guns in drawers, sleeping with loaded guns under his pillow, pointed gun at daughter when he could not recognize her; doctor reportedly informed police that subject suffered from impaired judgment and should not possess firearms)

No specific target

Dementia

Criminal history unknown

Yes
Jan. 18, 2008

Yes (9)
Jan 17, 2008

Hold (as of April 29, 2008, police holding guns)—case open

   

Case No. 6/190 —John F. (m)

Self

Suicide risk (defendant called police and reported he had a shotgun “tucked under his chin and he was going to kill himself; responding officers found loaded gun with safety engaged; defendant asked officer to shoot him and end pain)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Feb. 27, 2007

Yes (4 , plus ammunition)
Feb. 26, 2007

Hold (as of May 30, 2008, police still holding guns)

   

Case No. 7/234— Christopher C. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Oct. 9, 2008

Yes (3, plus ammunition and accessories) Sept. 28, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 31, 2008; no further information available)

Meriden

3

Case No. 1/40 —Joseph K. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Domestic violence (physically abused and emotionally intimidated wifetold her, while holding telescopic scope for rifle, “one shot, one kill, never miss your target” (after wife stopped sleeping with subject, he placed pistol and holster at place where she used to sleep; barricaded windows and family room to protect his guns; wife reported large arsenal of weapons)

Spouse (wife)

No criminal record

Mental or psychiatric history: unknown

Yes

April 10, 2001

Yes (37, plus ammunition and accessories and other weapons) April 11, 2001

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns held and returned) —case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/13 —Kevin B. (m)

Health professional (behavioral health caseworker)

Murder threat

Neighbor (other)

Convicted felon with extensive history of violent crimes; treatment for psychiatric disability

Yes
Dec. 22, 1999

No

NA (no hearing required)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/110 —Shaun F. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Murder threat

Unknown

Unknown

Yes
July 26, 2004

Yes (4, plus accessories) July 27, 2004

Unknown (no information available)—file closed

Middlebury

2

Case No. 1/109 —Paul F. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Mental instability

No specific target

History of suicidal behavior and depression; previous psychiatric commitment for threatening to kill self and police; available on criminal history record

Yes
July 8, 2004

Yes (48)
July 9, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held until July 20, 2005; guns transferred, with court and State Police assent, to third party on March 16, 2005)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/178 —Richard M. (m)

Relative (sister)

Suicide risk (reportedly told mother he had gun and wanted to kill himself)

Self

Unknown

Yes
July 19, 2006

Yes (2, plus ammunition and accessories) July 25, 2006

Unknown (hearing set for Aug. 7, 2006; court order not reported, but as of April 30, 2008, police still had guns)—file closed

Middletown

1

Case No. 1/264— Robert G. (m)

Relative (mother)

Mental instability (told police he had “a hard time handling everything and did not think he could control his emotions and did not want something to happen to him or anyone else”)

No specific target

On prescribed anti-depressant medication

Yes

Feb. 14, 2009

Yes (24, plus ammunition) Feb. 14, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Feb. 27, 2009; no further information available)

Milford

9

Case No. 1/38 —Sealed juvenile case (m)

Public official/employee (other)

Murder/suicide threat (claimed access to guns and outlined possible methods of carrying out threats; had access to guns)

Self and students (other)

History of suicide threats and self mutilation; no information available on criminal record

Yes
Mar. 20, 2001

Yes (6, plus ammunition and other weapons) March 20, 2001

Hold (guns held for one year and returned July 2002)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/39 — Sealed juvenile case (m)

Public official/employee (other)

Murder threat

Student (other)

Unknown

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (19, plus ammunition, accessories, other weapons, and items)
March 23, 2001

Other (court ordered some property returned and some destroyed in March 2002)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/45 —James S. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Violent threat (harassed neighbors and threatened to pay them back for allegedly trying to run him over with their car; wife told police that she feared for her and her neighbors' safety because husband started to carry gun while making threats)

Neighbors (other)

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 20, 2001

Yes (13, plus ammunition and accessories) Aug. 20, 2001

Sell (court ordered guns sold; guns sold)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/95 —Alan G. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Violent threat (threatened neighbor's child, “I will take care of the nigger in my own way,” for reporting inappropriate sexual contact by subject's child)

Neighbor (other)

Unknown

Yes
Sep. 29, 2003

Yes (1, plus ammunition and other weapons) Sep. 29, 2003

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 7, 2003; initial court order not known, but on March 7, 2007, gun was destroyed)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/118 —Edward S. (m)

Health professional (physician)

Suicide risk (told doctor he wanted to “drink himself to death” and had recently purchased gun)

Self

No criminal or psychiatric record

Yes
March 24, 2005

Yes (30, plus ammunition and accessories) March 24, 2005

Sell (guns transferred to licensed gun dealer for sale on May 13, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 6/127 —Sealed juvenile case (m)

School bus driver (other)

Violent threat (threatened to shoot students on school bus)

Students (other)

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 28, 2004

Yes (1, plus ammunition, accessories, and other non-gun related items) Nov. 28, 2004

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to subject's father, who owned them)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 7/146 — Robert B. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Murder threats (threatened to kill ex-girlfriend by shooting her in head—made at least 10 such threats)

Ex-girlfriend and her children (partner)

No criminal history

Mental health record: unknown

Yes
Sep. 16, 2005

Yes (11)
Sep. 17, 2005

Unknown (hearing set for Sep. 27, 2005; no information on initial court order but guns turned over to relatives on March 31, 2008 on court order)—case closed

   

Case No. 8/177 —W.K. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Murder/suicide threat (entered ex-girlfriend's apartment appearing “intoxicated and depressed”; made murder and suicide threats; returned later with handgun)

Self and ex girlfriend

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 6, 2006

Yes (3, plus ammunition and accessories) Aug. 6, 2006

Unknown (court order unclear, but as of May 14, 2008, police still had guns)—file closed

   

Case No. 9/257— Mark C. (m)

Police

Other (failure to surrender firearms after being issued temporary restraining order in domestic violence case)

Self and spouse

 

Yes

Feb. 11, 2009

Yes (5, plus ammunition and other weapons) Feb. 11, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Feb. 24, 2009; no further information available)

Monroe

4

Case No. 1/28 —Anthony T. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder/suicide threat (history of physically abusing wife)

Self and spouse (wife)

Manic depressive

Criminal record: unknown

Yes
Sep. 8, 2000

Yes (5, plus ammunition and other weapons) Sep. 8, 2000

Return (hearing on Sep. 22, 2000, Oct. 18, 2000, and Feb. 14, 2001; on Aug. 8, 2002, court granted respondent's motion to return guns)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/12 —Stephen S. (m)

Public official/employee

Other (as condition of release for an assault crime, subject not allowed to possess guns; mother and sister alleged that he had guns; subject allegedly threatened mother and sister and put unloaded gun to his head in the past)

No specific target

Diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic

Arrests for assault, threatening, and breach of peace

Yes
Nov. 18, 1999

No

NA (no hearing required)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/96 —Debra W. (f)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (implied suicide threats)

Self

Psychiatric treatment

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Nov. 6, 2002

Yes (5, plus ammunition and accessories) Nov. 6, 2002

Hold (court apparently ordered the guns held for one year; on Nov. 20, 2003, police gave guns to gun store for sale pursuant to a second court order)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/98 —Richard L. (m)

Public official/employee (

Other (told probation officer that “his pick needs a new handle”; he intended to “play softball”. . .”if you know what I mean”; he had a “weapons permit if you know what I mean”)

Probation officer (police/law enforcement official)

Post traumatic syndrome and alcohol abuse

One DUI arrest case nolled, another pending

Yes
April 2, 2004

Yes (29, plus accessories and ammunition April 2, 2004)

Return (on June 23, 2004, court granted motion to return guns; guns returned)—case closed

Naugatuck

2

Case No. 1/196 —Michael A. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (admitted drug abuser; also apparently depressed; father reported seeing son put firearm to head; expressed concern about son possessing firearms)

Self

Unknown

Yes
May 16, 2006

Yes (2, plus accessories and ammunition) May 19, 2006)

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 12, 2008, subject had not claimed them)—file closed

   

Case No. 2/183 —Kenneth B. (m)

Relative (brother)

Suicide risk

Self

Unknown

Yes
Sep. 24, 2006

Yes (32, plus one knife)
Sep. 24, 2006

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 4. 2006; no information on hearing or initial court order, but police returned guns on Nov. 8, 2007)—case closed

New Britain

9

Case No. 1/35 —John S. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide; allegedly depressed and despondent because of injury that prevented him from working; refused to cooperate with police officers who responded to wife's allegations)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 20, 2001

Yes (2, plus ammunition) Feb. 20, 2001

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred o subject's son; guns turned over)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/23 —Stanley M. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Unknown (record incomplete)

Unknown

Unknown

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (8, plus ammunition) May 31, 2000

Sell (court ordered guns transferred to gun dealer on July 24, 2000)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 3/53 —Mark Z. (m)

Self

Suicide risk (responding officer found a knife embedded in subject's abdomen in apparent suicide attempt)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 14, 2001

Yes (2, plus ammunition) Aug. 14, 2001

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on Oct. 2, 2002)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/30 —K. T. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (took gun to workplace and threatened to kill himself because he was apparently distressed that his wife wanted a divorce; history of suicidal threats)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 13, 2000

Yes (1)
Oct. 13, 2000

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; on May 27, 2004, police asked defendant's permission to destroy the gun because he showed no interest in retrieving it)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/83—Louise R. (f) (83)

Self

Mental instability (made irrational calls to police and veiled threats to kill anyone who invaded her space; allegedly suffered from paranoia)

No specific target

Under Department of Protective Services care

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes

Dec. 31, 2003

Yes (2), plus ammunition Dec. 31, 2003

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns were not claimed; turned over on June 22, 2005, to CSP for destruction)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 6/107 —Michael R. (m)

Health professional (medic)

Suicide risk (made suicide threats)

Self

Unknown

Yes

June 16, 2004

Yes (4)
June 16, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held until July 7, 2005; turned over to CSP for destruction on Nov. 22, 2005)—case closed

   

Case No. 7/161 —George M. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Reckless gun display (held neighbor at gun point in dispute over alleged excessive car noise)

Neighbor (other)

Unknown

Yes

Jan. 19, 2008

Yes (10)
Jan. 20, 2008

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to third party; as of May 30, 2008, guns not claimed)

   

Case No. 8/181 —Donald S. (m)

Anonymous (other)

Murder threat (allegedly threatened to kill police officers; subject had been given accelerated rehabilitation (AR) for hitting someone with gun and, as condition of AR, should not possess guns)

Police

Arrest record for striking someone with a gun

Mental health record : unknown

Yes
Jan. 18, 2006

Yes (4, plus other weapons) Jan. 18, 2006

Destroy (court ordered guns destroyed)—case closed

   

Case No. 9/182 —Michael N. (m)

Police

Murder/suicide threats (while being evaluated by emergency room staff, threatened to kill self and staff)

Self and hospital personnel (other)

Unknown

Yes
Jan. 24, 2006

Yes (2 BB guns and accessories) Jan. 24, 2006

Return (court ordered the guns returned; guns destroyed on March 14, 2008 because owner did not claim them)—file closed

New Canaan

1

Case No 1/74—Shawn M. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Murder threats (former police officer with domestic violence history and ready access to firearms)

Ex girlfriend and family

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 15, 2003

Yes (2, plus ammunition and accessories) Oct. 15, 2003

Unknown (initial court order unknown, but it appears court ordered guns destroyed in 2005)—case closed

New Haven

1

Case No. 1/117— Frennis W. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threats (threatened to shoot wife and “splatter her brains all over the sofa”)

Spouse (wife)

Outstanding arrest warrant for separate domestic violence incident

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
Mar. 22, 2005

Yes (1, plus ammunition) March 22, 2005

Unknown (appears that gun was destroyed by agreement of all parties, and no court order was given)—case closed

New Milford

1

Case No. 1/163 —Gaylord B. (m)

Self

Mental instability (called police department to report strange sightings, including trucks coming out of the ground and shape-changing trailers on his property; threatened to use guns on people in the trailers)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Jan. 18, 2008

Yes (4, plus accessories and ammunition) Jan. 18, 2008

Return (court ordered gun returned; gun returned on April 18, 2008)—case closed

Newington

12

Case No. 1/8 —Robert S. (m)

Public official/employee

Suicide risk (history of emotional instability and threats to kill self and girlfriend)

Self

Treatment for bipolar disorder and manic depression; history of emotional instability

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Nov. 9, 1999

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories) Nov. 9, 1999

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; when not claimed court ordered it transferred to Department of Environmental Protection on April 27, 2004)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/31 —Robert B. (m)

Relative (brother)

Suicide risk (locked self in room with rifle after dispute with sibling and refused to respond to family; history of illegal drug use and altercations with sister)

Self

California arrest for cultivating marijuana; Conn. arrest for striking sister; after an involuntary 15-day committal to a psychiatric facility on Oct. 30, 2000, psychiatrist said subject showed no “signs of psychopathology.. and [was]. . . not a danger to himself or others.”)

Yes
Nov. 13, 2000

Yes (5, plus ammunition) Nov. 13, 2000

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to qualified relative)—case closed

   

Case No. 3/41 – Lee T. (m)

Friend

Suicide risk (made suicide threats)

Self

Hospitalization for suicidal behavior.

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes

(date unknown)

Yes (2) June 27, 2001

Unclear (case was continued from July 9 to July 16, 2001; guns were released on October 9, 2001 under court order) case closed

   

Case No. 4/106 – Charles B. (m)

Public official/employee

Murder threats (angry that postal employee walked on his lawn, called post office yelling that he “had a gun, gun permit, and a club”)

Public official/ employee

Unknown

Yes

March 25, 2004

Yes (1) March 25, 2004

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; amended order to have guns transferred to conservator; guns transferred)- case closed

   

Case No. 5/139—Michael N. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Hospitalization for mental illness

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes

June 30, 2005

Yes (6)

June 30, 2005

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year, until June 30,2006; guns returned on July 27, 2006)—case closed

   

Case No. 6/165 – Brian G. (m)

Friend

Suicide risk (excessive drinking in reaction to a Hartford Courant article alleging sexist and racist comments to subordinates; wrote note bequeathing his belongings to children.)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Jan. 25, 2009

Yes (5, plus ammunition and accessories) Jan. 25, 2008

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 30, 2008 police still holding guns) Case open

   

Case No. 7/168 – Jade D. (m)

Self

Murder threat (threatened to blow neighbor's head” off, told police he had videotaped officers breaking in to his home and stealing items; subject's caseworker and crisis unit official described him as “extremely paranoid, agitated and angry”; subject acknowledged possessing several firearms.

Neighbor (other)

Traumatic brain injury and diagnosed as bipolar disorder

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes

March 18, 2008

Yes (14)

March 18, 2008

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 30, 2008, police still holding guns)

   

Case No. 8/187 John J. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Murder threat (subject, unable to care for himself, did not want to leave home and threatened to shoot anyone who entered his house)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes

Dec. 7, 2006

Yes (10)

Dec. 7, 2006

Sell (hearing held on Dec. 19, 2006; conservator requested that guns be sold) – case closed

   

Case No. 9/157 – Steven D. (m)

Police

Mental instability (incessant rambling about his evil side, the mafia, corrupt politicians, killing his brother when he was about four years old, people he hated, etc.)

No specific target

Psychiatric treatment (self-reported)

Yes

Dec. 21, 2007

Yes (1)

Dec. 21, 2007

Destroy (owner asked police to destroy guns; turned over CSP on Feb. 26, 2008) – case closed

   

Case No. 10/219 – Ronald P. (m)

Police

Suicide risk (in routine traffic stop subject became agitated and asked police to just shoot him because his life was over; told police he lost a relative and his job, his mother was dying, and he was in the process of losing his house; thus, he had no reason to live)

Self

Arrest record for altercation with neighbor;

Mental health record: unknown

Yes

Aug. 21, 2007

Yes (7)

Aug. 21, 2007

Destroy (court ordered guns destroyed; guns destroyed) – case closed

   

Case No. 11/256— Aaron S. (m)

Health professional (doctor)

Murder threat (reportedly told his physician that he was so angry that he “was ready to cock his gun and shoot his ex-coworker)

Coworker (workplace)

Psychiatric care for about seven years

Yes

Jan. 12, 2009

Yes (2, plus ammunition) Jan. 12, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Jan. 23, 2009; no further information available)

   

Case No 12/268— Gary R. (m)

Ex-wife

Murder/suicide threat

Self and ex-wife

Unknown

Yes

April 3, 2009

Yes (8, plus ammunition and accessories) April 6, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for April 17, 2009; no further information available)

Newtown

1

Case No. 1/266— Christopher C. (m)

Relative (brother)

Suicide risk (in apparent suicide attempt, shot self several times with handgun)

Self

Unknown

Yes

March 5, 2009

Yes (1) March 3, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for March 16, 2009; no further information available)

North Branford

2

Case No. 1/6 – Richard M. (m)

Police

Murder/suicide threats (subject was depressed because of likely job loss, was suspended for striking coworker, was drinking heavily and have temper tantrums; police investigation revealed he possessed guns; psychiatrist advised police he was a threat to himself and others and should not possess guns)

Self, neighbors, and coworkers

Unknown

Yes

Nov. 9, 1999

Yes (5, plus ammunition and accessories) November 6, 1999

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year on November 17, 1999; on April 6, 2000, court ordered them released to a 3rd party, who claimed them on April 21, 2000) – case closed

   

Case No. 2/237— Donna C. (f)

Health professional (doctor)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Sept. 24, 2008

Yes (1)

Sept. 24, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 1, 2008; no further information available)

North Haven

3

Case No. 1/17 —John D. (m)

Employer (workplace)

Murder threat (stalked and threatened town employee)

Coworker (workplace)

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 8, 2000

Yes (4)
Feb. 8, 2000

Unclear (apparently the case was dismissed and as part of plea deal, guns were returned to the subject in July 2000)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/91 Felix D. (m)

Girlfriend

Domestic violence (punched and kicked girlfriend; said he wished her dead)

Girlfriend

Arrest record (10 arrests for assault, threatening, disorderly conduct, illegal gun use, criminal mischief, etc; at time of gun seizure complaint, police held two arrests warrant for subject, including one for attempting to assault police officer)

Yes
Dec. 3, 2002

Yes (10, plus ammunition and accessories) Dec. 3, 2002

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 16, 2002; no further information received)—file closed

   

Case No. 3/99 —William R. (m)

Relative (son)

Suicide risk (suicidal behavior and threats involving guns; history of domestic violence and psychological problems)

Self

Treatment for depression and anxiety; DUI and family violence arrests

Yes
June 3, 2003

Yes (3)
June 3, 2003

Unknown (hearing set for June 11, 2003; no further information received)—file closed

  Norwich

1

Case No 1/9— Richard G. (m)

Former employer (workplace)

Murder threat (when advised of possible job termination, subject said he had access to guns and would “take care of the problem”)

No specific target

Arrest record for disorderly conduct and assault; no information on psychiatric history

Yes
Nov. 12, 1999

Yes (2, plus ammunition and other weapon) Nov. 12, 1999

Transfer to third-party (court ordered guns released to relative on Nov. 29, 1999)—case closed

  Old Saybrook

1

Case No 1/61—Arthur G. (m)

Relative (parent)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide; also brandished gun at individual and stated “I wouldn't want to have to use this; ” had recorded history of brandishing guns at people)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Jan. 28, 2002

Yes (1)
Jan. 29, 2002

Unknown (hearing set for Feb. 13, 2002; initial order unknown, but on May 17, 2002, court ordered guns returned; guns returned)—case closed

Plainville

2

Case No. 1/75— Robert J. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threat (directed at police responding to verbal abuse complaint from wife)

Police

History of alcohol abuse, treatment for psychological disorder

Yes
Oct. 2, 2003

Yes (28, plus ammunition and bow and arrows) Oct. 2, 2003

Unknown (hearing set for Oct. 15, 2003; court order unclear but guns returned on Nov. 1, 2004)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/195 —William K. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Other (subject was being investigated for sexual contact with 13-year old daughter; also history of family violence; wife reported (1) subject being frequently intoxicated and (2) being fearful of subject's “mental stability” and stated that “he carries a handgun with him at all times.”

Relative (daughter) (other)

Unknown

Yes
Mar. 28, 2007

Yes (14)
March 28, 2007

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed; gun turned over to CSP on Nov. 20, 2007 and destroyed)—case closed

Plymouth

1

Case No. 1/101— Wayne C. (m)

Relative (sister)

Suicide risk (suicidal talk; while carrying loaded shotgun in his house, told sister she would be reading his name in the paper the next day; admitted to police he had threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
June 11, 2003

Yes (2)
June 11, 2003

Return (court ordered guns returned; defendant agreed to let police keep them for 30 days; guns returned on August 1, 2003)—case closed

Rocky Hill

3

Case No. 1/20 —Raymond P. (m)

Public official/employee (other)

Murder threat (had access to guns, history of threatening behavior, and arrest record for reckless endangerment)

Police

Unknown

Yes
April 12, 2000

Yes (18)
April 14, 2000

Return (court ordered guns returned on June 15, 2000 on grounds of insufficient evidence)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/10 —Joseph S. (m)

Spouse (estranged wife)

Murder threat (was in midst of acrimonious divorce; had known access to guns and history of physical violence)

Spouse (estranged wife)

History of domestic violence arrests; subject of family violence protective orders; previous stay in psychiatric facility

Yes
Nov. 18, 1999

Yes (6)
Nov. 19, 1999

Unknown (as of May 8, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

   

Case No. 3/54 —John B. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide; held wife and daughter hostage)

Self

Severe alcoholic who had been in detoxification center several times; no criminal record information

Yes
June 23, 2002

Yes (5, plus other weapons and ammunition) June 15, 2002

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to defendant's mother; guns transferred)—case closed

 Seymour

4

Case No. 1/97 —Thomas G. (m)

Employer of subject's ex-girlfriend (other)

Murder threat (made numerous threatening calls to ex-girlfriend at her workplace and home; heavy drinker and drug abuser)

Ex girlfriend

“Prior record” and was on probation when complaint filed; no mental health history information available

Before warrant was signed, subject voluntarily gave up guns

NA (no search required; subject surrendered guns voluntarily (2004))

NA (no hearing required)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/44 —Paul W. (m)

Health professional (doctor)

Murder/suicide (suicidal and homicidal behavior)

Self and unspecified others

Psychiatric evaluation indicated that subject was depressed and had “multiple old and new risk factors for suicide”

Yes
Jul. 19, 2001

Yes (8, plus other weapons) July 19, 2001

Hold (court ordered guns held until July 17, 2002—guns turned over to relative in 2002)—case closed

   

Case No. 3/58 —Alfred Y. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Reckless gun use (pointed gun at children trespassing on his property)

Children (other)

No record

Yes
(June 5, 2002)

Yes (10, plus ammunition and accessories) June 7, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned Sep. 19, 2004)—case closed

   

Case No. 4/252— Michael M. (m)

Co-workers (workplace)

Violent threat (threatened to blow up his place of employment; check of his computer showed visits to several websites dealing with workplace shootings, workplace murders, and workplace violence)

Co-workers (workplace)

Unknown

Yes

Aug. 21, 2008

Yes (3)

Aug. 21, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Sept. 9, 2008; no further information available)

 Simsbury

  3

Case No. 1/16— Martin B. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (gave loaded gun to 15-year old daughter during heated argument and told her to kill him)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 1, 2000

Yes (1)
Feb. 1, 2000

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year until Feb. 9, 2001; later, court ordered the gun destroyed; police turned it over to CSP for destruction on May 9, 2001)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/260— James L. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Suicide risk (told ex-girlfriend he could not go on living anymore)

Self

Received two complaints for reckless display of a firearm

Yes

Feb. 19, 2009

Yes (5, plus ammunition) Feb. 19, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Feb. 27, 2009; court apparently ordered firearms returned)

   

Case No. 3/226— Joseph F. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Reckless gun use (killed black bear and other animals in his backyard, which is in close proximity to neighboring homes)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes

June 4, 2008

Yes (1)

June 3, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for June 16, 2008; no further information available)

South Windsor

2

Case No. 1/172 —Jonathan V. (m)

Police

Reckless gun use (subject shot self in stomach in questionable circumstances; wife reported subject's drug abuse and recent despondent behavior resulting from marital conflict and impending separation; wife expressed fear for her children's safety; subject gave verbal consent to officials to remove guns)

Unclear

Alleged cocaine and marijuana user; recent despondent behavior

Yes
Feb. 8, 2008

Yes (12, plus ammunition and accessories) Feb. 15, 2008

Unknown (hearing scheduled for Feb. 29, 2008; continued to May 23, 2008)

   

Case No. 2/233— Robert M. (m)

Relative (sister)

Murder/suicide threat

Self and children's mother

Eight previous arrests for domestic violence, threatening, DUI, violation of protective order, etc.

Yes

June 20, 2008

Yes (6)

June 20, 2008

Unknown (hearing on July 3, 2008; court ordered guns held for one year; motion to reconsider granted for July 29; no further information available)

Southington

10

Case No. 1/70 – David W. (m) (see case 2/71 below)

Police

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Police department has documented subject's threats to hurt mother and kill self

Yes

July 5, 2002

Yes (33, plus ammunition and accessories) July 2, 2002

Return (court ordered guns returned on Sep. 27, 2002; guns returned on October 1, 2002) – case closed

   

Case No. 2/71 – David W. (see case 1/71 above)

Police

Suicide risk (police had record of subject's threats to kill self and hurt mother)

Self

Unknown

Yes

July 9, 2002

Yes (3, plus ammunition and accessories) July 10, 2002

Return (court ordered guns returned on Sept. 27, 2002; guns returned on October 1, 2002) – case closed

   

Case No. 3/86 —T. A. (m)

Health professional (nurse)

Murder threat (psychiatric nurse told police that subject was a danger to himself and others; subject was angry at police who had raided his house and were investigating his alleged illegal gun trafficking)

Police

Treatment and hospitalization for anxiety and depression

Yes
Aug. 1, 2003

Yes (6, plus large quantities of ammunition and accessories) Aug. 1, 2003

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns turned over for police use and ammunition and accessories held for 14 days)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/93 —Edward S. (m)

Self

Mental instability (called police to report people hiding under his bed and voices speaking to him; son expressed concern about his father's mental state and his possession of guns)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 24, 2003

Yes (8)
Dec. 24, 2003

Unclear (hearing set for Jan. 7, 2004; guns were returned on March 18, 2004)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/112 —John S. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (subject told parents “ I am gonna get the gun and kill myself in front of everybody so you will all have to live with it”)

Self

Hospitalized for medication overdose; made suicidal comments on “somewhat regular basis”

Yes
Aug. 9, 2004

Yes (3, plus ammunition) Aug. 9, 2004

Unknown (hearing scheduled for Sep. 16, 2004; initial court order not known, but police transferred guns to authorized agent on Nov. 12, 2006)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 6/169 —Erik G. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Mental instability (subject was having post-traumatic stress episode; previous record of suicidal threats, “manic episodes; and “seeing things'; wife asked police to remove guns because subject's behavior was getting worse)

No specific target

PTSD diagnosis

Yes
Feb 28, 2008

Yes (1)
Feb. 28, 2008

Unknown (hearing held on March 10, continued to May 29, 2008)

 

 

Case No. 7/170 —Gary A. (m)

Self

Reckless gun use and display (subject, a retired police officer, impersonated police officer, pulled over alleged speeding/reckless driver, brandished gun and threatened to blow head off)

Motorist (other)

Post traumatic stress issues, had threatened suicide in front of son; once staged suicide to test wife's reaction

Yes
Mar. 2, 2008

Yes (11)
March 2, 2008

Unknown (case pending; as of April 30, 2008, police still holding guns)

   

Case No. 8/194 —Richard K. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Violent threat (subject threatened to shoot and kill dog; pointed gun in direction of dog in fenced area in a “closely knit residential area with houses close to each other”; neighbor feared for her safety and called police)

Animal (other)

Unknown

Yes
April 3, 2007

Yes (5)
April 3, 2007

Unclear (hearing on May 15, 2007; police transferred guns on July 10, 2007 to authorized agent)—case closed

   

Case No. 9/198Michael F. (m)

Police

Suicide risk (firearm-related suicide attempt related to divorce issues)

Self

Unknown

Yes
June 30, 2006

Yes (2)
June 30, 2006

Unclear (hearing set for July 12, 2006; initial court order unclear, but on Jan. 17, 2007, court ordered guns transferred to subject's bother-in-law)—case closed

   

Case No. 10/244— Richard K. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Yes (5)

April 3, 2007

Third-party transfer (Initially court ordered guns turned over to State Police for destruction; revised ordered to transfer guns to private party)

Stamford

1

Case No. 1/15— George V. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Violent threat (threatened ex-girlfriend with gun violence; history of physical violence and murder threats against ex-girlfriend)

Ex-girlfriend

Unknown

Yes
Jan. 26, 2000

Yes (1, plus ammunition and other weapons) seizure date not shown on warrant

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; no further information available)—file closed

Torrington

4

Case No. 1/24 —Robert S. (m)

Health professional (doctor)

Murder threat (told doctor during session of his desire to kill ex-wife and of his house full of guns, including assault weapons; in past incident, had locked estranged wife in bedroom, kept her hostage for about 45 minutes, brandished gun at her, and threatened to shoot her)

Ex-wife

Psychiatric involvement; no information on criminal record

Yes
June 21, 2000

Yes (35 plus other weapons and ammunition) June 21, 2000

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on Sep. 1, 2003)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/90 —Nelson B. (m)

Health professional (doctor)

Mental instability (doctor said subject should not be allowed to possess guns as this may endanger others)

No specific target

Hospitalization for paranoid psychosis

Yes
Nov. 25, 2002

Yes (1)
Nov. 25, 2002

Unknown (hearing held Dec. 9, 2002; no disposition information available; as of May 12, 2008, police still holding gun)—file closed

   

Case No. 3/188 —James N. (m)

Police

Mental instability, paranoid and delusional behavior (28 phone calls to police over 3-year period to report unsubstantiated claims of vandalism to his property; equipped property with alarm system, surveillance cameras, noise emitting device, spotlights to protect self and family).

No specific target

No documented history of mental illness; no criminal history record information available

Yes

Oct. 15, 2006

Yes (7, plus accessories) Oct. 15, 2006

Return (court ordered guns returned)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/204 —Andrew K. (m)

Police informant (other)

Threatening (faced with house foreclosure for back taxes, made statements to the effect that he had guns and no one was going to take his house)

No specific target

No criminal record, but tax office reported the subject's history of instability when dealing with the office

Yes
June 13, 2007

Yes (20)
June 13, 2007

Other (court ordered some guns turned over to third-party and others destroyed)—case closed

Trumbull

1

Case No. 1/66— Louis K. (m)

Health professional

Murder/suicide threat

Self and spouse (wife)

Unknown

Yes

Mar. 13, 2002

Yes (6, plus other weapons and ammunition) Feb. 22, 2002

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to qualified relative; guns transferred)—case closed

UConn

1

Case No. 1/62— Stephen L. (m)

Public official/employee

Violent threats (subject left numerous disturbing, angry, and implicitly threatening voice mail messages for school officials after he failed several law school courses)

School officials (other)

Psychiatric treatment for psychosis

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes

Jan. 26, 2002

No

NA (no hearing required)—case closed

Vernon

4

Case No. 1/94—David K. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (suicide threat and behavior; called girlfriend, and threatened suicide; girlfriend found him incoherent with empty bottle of Xanex, empty bottle of alcohol, and rifle next to him)

Self

Unknown

Yes

March 17, 2004

Yes (1)
March 16, 2004

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; gun not claimed; turned over to CSP for destruction)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/104—Linda M. (f)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (series of mysterious fires involving subject in possession of gun and apparently suffering from depression, anxiety, or both)

Self

Treatment for depression and anxiety

Criminal history record: not known

Yes
May 5, 2004

Yes (2)
May 5, 2004

Return (court ordered police to return guns)—case closed

   

Case 3/192—Domenic R. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
April 30, 2007

Yes (1)
April 29, 2007

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed)— case closed

 

 

Case 4/209—Dawn B. (f)

Self

Suicide risk (expressed suicidal thoughts after receiving cancer diagnosis)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 27, 2007

Yes (1)
Aug. 27, 2007

Destroy (court ordered gun destroyed)—case closed

Wallingford

2

Case No. 1/148 —Stanley P. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Mental instability (officials responded to defendant's house six times in ten months for mental health issues; defendant sees imaginary objects and people; defendant abuses medications)

No specific target

Psychiatric treatment for bi-polar disorder and other mental health conditions

Criminal record history: unknown

Yes
Oct. 26, 2005

Yes (4 plus other weapons) Nov. 1, 2005

Transfer to third-party (court ordered guns turned over to attorney; attorney collected them on April 4, 2007)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/120 —Christopher M. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (committed to mental institution after threatening suicide and found in possession of gun; upon release, sought to repossess gun)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 16, 2005

Yes (4)
Nov. 16, 2005

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year)—case closed

Waterbury

3

Case No. 1/113 —Liam K. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Suicide risk (despondent over mother's death)

Self

Emergency commitment at hospital for making threatening statements against neighbor

Yes
Aug. 26, 2004

Yes (unknown number)
Aug. 26, 2004

Unknown (as of May 20, 2008, police still holding guns—file closed

 

 

Case No. 2/189—Raymond H. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (after wife informed him of intent to divorce, stopped taking his diabetes medicine, etc.)

Self

Hospitalized years earlier for suicide threat; recent depression

Criminal history record : unknown

Yes
May 12, 2006

Yes (29, plus other weapons and ammunition) May 12, 2006

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on July 31, 2007)—case closed

   

Case No. 3/199 —Charles G. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (subject told police he (1) was depressed and had not slept in days, (2) had been suspended from his job and was stressed; (3) had threatened to kill himself and (4) had two unloaded guns)

Self

Unknown

Yes
May 23, 2006

Yes (2, plus other weapons and ammunition) May 23, 2006

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 20, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

Waterford

1

Case No. 1/259—Glenn F. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (reportedly distraught over baby's death)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Feb. 9, 2009

Yes (5, plus accessory) Feb. 10, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Feb. 25, 2009; no further information available)

West Hartford

31

Case No. 1/1—Seymour C. (m)

Police

Mental instability (Korean veteran having flashbacks; was on medication for post-traumatic stress, had emotional and mental problems)

No specific target

PTSD

Arrest record not known

Yes
Oct. 15, 1999

Yes (7)
Oct. 15, 1999

Hold (initially court ordered guns held for one year; later, all parties agreed to dispose of them)—case closed

   

Case No. 2/3—Kenneth P. (m)

Relative (brother)

Suicide risk (despondent over mother's death, locked himself in room and refused to eat or answer door or phone; was drinking heavily and was known to keep guns in his house)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Oct 23, 1999

Yes (4)
Oct. 23, 1999

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year—guns turned over to subject's estate on Jan. 30, 2001)—case closed

   

Case No. 3/14—Nancy N. (f)

Health professional (therapist)

Murder/suicide threat (psychiatrist said subject was a threat to herself and others)

Self and partner

Psychiatric treatment for emotional problems

Arrest record not known

Yes
Jan 5, 2000

No

NA (no hearing required)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/29—W. H. (m)

Neighbors (other)

Mental instability (kicked garbage into streets, fired guns recklessly, ranted at passing traffic, etc.)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Sep. 11, 2000

Yes (2, plus other weapons and ammunition)

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/46—Stephen C. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Mental instability (irrational and violent behavior, smashed doors, thrashed house, etc. for no apparent reason)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 22, 2001

Yes (1)
Aug. 22, 2001

Destroy (gun turned over to CSP for destruction)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 6/55—Mario R. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Other (disturbance complaint involving couple in middle of divorce)

Spouse (wife)

Unknown

Yes

July 22, 2002

Yes (1)
July 22, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned July 16, 2003)—case closed

 

 

Case 7/59—Eduardo R. (m) (see case No. 8/60 below)

Ex-girlfriend

Domestic violence; (threatened and hit victim with gun)

Ex-girlfriend

Unknown

Yes

Jan. 25, 2002

Yes (7, plus accessories) Jan. 25, 2002

Return (victim withdrew allegations; by agreement of parties, court ordered guns returned in Feb. 2002)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 8/60—Eduardo R. (m) (see case No. 7/59 above)

Ex-girlfriend

Other (continuation of case 7/59 above)

Ex-girlfriend

Unknown

No (court said previous warrant yielded all the guns to which subject had access)

NA

NA—case closed

 

 

Case No. 9/73—Martin F. (m)

Health professional (clinical social worker)

Suicide risk (subject was very angry at his wife about pending divorce; gun permit revoked based on his emotional stability)

Self

Treatment for severe depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse; criminal history record unknown

Yes
Sep. 29, 2003

Yes (13, plus ammunition and accessories) Sep. 29, 2003

Return (court ordered guns returned; guns returned on Oct. 16, 2003)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 10/89—Frederick H. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (placed gun on chest and told girlfriend to shoot him)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Nov. 22, 2002

Yes (8)
Nov. 17, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned Oct 16, 2003—case closed

 

 

Case No. 11/100—Mark C. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (suicide threat involving guns)

Self

History of psychiatric treatment; unknown criminal record

Yes
June 4, 2003

Yes (4, plus ammunition) June 4, 2003

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 20, 2008, police still had guns)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 12/126—Richard J. (m)

Friend

Murder/suicide threat

Self and ex-girlfriend

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 14, 2005

Yes (1)
Feb. 15, 2005

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; as of May 20, 2008, police still holding gun)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 13/132— David M. (m)

Neighbor (other)

Violent threat (gun threat)

Neighbor (other)

Unknown

Yes
Dec. 21, 2004

Yes (3)
Dec. 21, 2004

Unknown —file closed

 

 

Case No. 14/133 —Andrew S. (m)

Relative (father)

Murder/suicide threat

Self and father

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 7, 2004

No

NA (no guns seized; no hearing required)— case closed

 

 

Case No. 15/144— James B. (m)

Health professional (doctor)

Suicide risk ( in email to Governor Rell, stated that “I have lost everything”; treating doctor said he believed subject “potentially suicidal”)

Self

Unknown

Yes
June 10, 2005

Yes (1)
June 15, 2005

Return (court ordered gun returned; gun returned on Aug. 29, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 16/138—Richard S. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Violent threats (after job demotion, threatened to blow up workplace)

Co-workers (workplace)

Unknown

Yes

June 17, 2005

Yes (5, plus ammunition and accessories) June 17, 2005

Unknown (hearing set for July 1, 2005; no hearing information available; police still holding guns on May 20, 2008)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 17/154—James S. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Domestic abuse/violence (including threats, physical violence, and property destruction)

Spouse (wife)

Arrest for domestic violence; psychiatric record not known

Yes
March 20, 2006

Yes (4, plus accessories) March 20, 2006

Return (court ordered guns returned)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 18/176—Arthur N. (m)

Public official/employee

Mental instability (subject exhibited paranoid, delusional behavior; town social worker contacted police, believing subject , who was facing foreclosure, suffered from undiagnosed mental disease; police had two previous incidents with subject in which he “displayed actions consistent with paranoia and some mental illness”)

No specific target

History of strange behavior with neighbors; sent rambling letter to police department

Yes

Sep. 26, 2006

Yes (31, plus “thousands of rounds of ammunition”) Sep. 26, 2006

Hold (on May 7, 2007, the court extended the holding order for an additional year; as of May 20, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

 

 

Case No. 19/185—Thomas W. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (told doctor he planned to kill himself with gun; doctor noted that subject was suicidal and a danger to himself and others)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 7, 2006

Yes (3)
Nov. 8, 2006

Hold (on Nov. 8, 2007 the court ordered a one-year extension on Nov. 8, 2006; as of May 20, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

   

Case No. 20/197—Robert H. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder/suicide threat (emotionally disturbed)

Spouse (wife) and self

Unknown

Yes

May 17, 2006

Yes (2)
May 18, 2006

Other (court ordered guns transferred; prosecutor recommended one gun be turned over to dealer for sale and the other (the wife's gun) be held until the criminal case ended; as of June 20, 2007 police still had the latter gun)—file closed

   

Case No. 21/213—Peter D. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Previous suicide attempts

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Oct. 23, 2007

Yes (4)
Oct. 23, 2007

Unknown (hearing set for Nov. 1, 2007; no information on hearing or court order, but guns were returned—case closed

   

Case No. 22/216—Keith W. (m)

Boyfriend

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 24, 2007

Yes (3)
Oct. 24, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; as of May 20, 2008, police holding guns)—case open

   

Case No. 23/220—David D. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Mental instability

No specific target

Being treated for bipolar disease and depression

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes

Yes (5)
Oct. 28, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for May 9, 2008; no further information available)

   

Case No. 24/240— Harry F. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk

Self

Unknown

Yes

Oct. 24, 2008

Yes (3, plus ammunition)

Oct. 24, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Nov. 5, 2008; no further information available)

   

Case No. 25/262—Taber M. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (Distraught over death of girlfriend, told mother “I don't want to live anymore and if I had a gun I would put it to my head”)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Feb. 17, 2009

Yes (1)

Feb. 17, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for March 2, 2009; no further information available)

   

Case No. 26/243—Barry C. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Nov. 19, 2008

Yes (15, plus ammunition and accessories)

Nov. 18, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 3, 2008; no further information available)

   

Case No. 27/269— N. C. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Domestic abuse/violence

Spouse (wife)

Arrested for animal cruelty; also subject of active warrant for aggravated domestic assault

Yes

April 4, 2009

Yes (5)

April 4, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for April 14, 2009; no further information available)

   

Case No. 28/246— Arthur N. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Unknown

Unknown

Previous arrest; confined to Whiting forensic Institute

Yes

Dec. 5, 2008

Yes (22, plus ammunition and accessories)

Dec. 5, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for Dec. 19, 2008; no other information available)

   

Case No. 29/276—Abbott G. (m)

Relative (sister)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

May 20, 2009

Yes (1)

May 19, 2009

Unknown (no information available)

   

Case No. 30/277—Keith D. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

May 6, 2009

Yes (3, plus ammunition) May 6, 2009

Unknown (no information available)

   

Case No. 31/250—Matthew H. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Reportedly an alcoholic in alcohol rehabilitation program

Yes

April 28, 2009

Yes (11, plus ammunition and accessories)

Unknown (no information available)

West Haven

4

Case No. 1/37—Kurt H. (m)

Employer (workplace)

Suicide risk (despondent behavior over prospect of losing his job, told police that they may as well put bullet in his head)

Self

Domestic violence arrest; psychiatric history not known

Yes
March 15, 2001

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories) March 16, 2001

Return (court ordered gun returned; as of April 30, 2008, status unclear)—file closed

   

Case No. 2/57—Donald M. (m)

Police

Reckless gun use (recklessly discharged gun in backyard, damaging property)

No specific target

Bipolar and psychosomatic conditions, hospitalization for psychiatric condition, alcohol dependency; criminal record unknown

Yes
July 12, 2002

Yes (1, plus ammunition, other weapons, and accessories)
July 12, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year and destroyed after holding period; guns destroyed on Sep. 27, 2004) –case closed

   

Case No. 3/153— Malcolm N. (m)

Girlfriend

Mental instability

No specific target

History of psychiatric problems; seeing psychiatrist-undisclosed diagnosis

Criminal history record not known

Yes
July 5, 2005

Yes (13, plus other weapons, ammunition, and accessories) July 6, 2005

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year (July 20, 2005); guns returned on July 31, 2006)—case closed

   

Case No. 5/255— Philip M. (m)

Police

Murder threat (threatened to kill police after Board of Firearms Examiners found him unsuitable to possess gun permit)

Police

Unknown

Yes

Jan. 14, 2009

Yes (17, plus ammunition and accessories)

Jan. 14, 2009

Hold (hearing held Feb. 9, 2009; firearms ordered held for six months until Aug. 10, 2009)

Wethersfield

1

Case No. 1/247— Alexis H. (m)

Health professional (visiting nurse)

Suicide risk (reportedly told nurse his wife was worth nothing and he may as well end it)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Dec. 29, 2008

Yes (23, plus ammunition and other weapons) Dec. 29, 2008

Unknown (hearing date set for Jan. 12, 2009; no further information available)

Windsor

2

Case No. 1/51—David H. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Information unavailable

Unknown

Unknown

Yes

Sep. 10, 2001

Yes (3)
Sep. 10, 2001

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year until Sep. 20, 2002; no further information available)—file closed

   

Case No. 2/128—Anthony S. (m)

Spouse (estranged wife)

Murder threat (told wife he would kill her and police could not help her)

Spouse (estranged wife)

Felony conviction for risk of injury (1996); history of domestic violence (2003)

Yes
Jan. 8, 2005

Yes (5, plus ammunition) Jan 8, 2005

Unknown (as of Feb. 28, 2006, police still had guns; no further information available)—file closed

Windsor Locks

3

Case No. 1/119— John N. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Mental instability (wife told police that subject was “causing a disturbance”; subject on medication for “thyroid disease and has become manic”; wife wanted guns removed until his condition was stabile, said subject had history of violence)

No specific target

Unknown criminal record

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
March 23, 2005

Yes (20)
March 23, 2005

Return (guns returned on May 27, 2005)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 2/129— Alvin D. (m)

Employer (workplace)

Violent threat (was having family problems; said if he didn't have time off from work, he was going to go crazy and start shooting; pointed gun at coworker and left in possession of gun)

Co-workers (workplace)

Unknown

Yes
Feb. 3, 2005

Yes (1, plus ammunition, accessories and pistol permit) Feb. 4, 2005

Destroy (court ordered guns destroyed April 12, 2005)—case closed

   

Case No. 3/253—Dennis T. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder threat

Police

Police responded to defendant's home on numerous occasions because the defendant apparently became violent and threatening when his blood sugar was low

Yes

Dec. 12, 2009

Yes (5, plus ammunition) Jan. 12, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for Jan. 23, 2009; no further information available)

Wolcott

1

Case No. 1/18— Craig P. (m) (18)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Hospitalization for suicidal behaviors

Criminal history not known

Denied for lack of probable cause (Feb. 2000)

NA

NA (subject committed suicide)—case closed

State Police

Troop D

43

Case No. 1/5—David A. (m) (Danielson)

Police

Violent behavior (road rage incident in which deputy sheriff, while drunk, pursued black couple on highway, directed racial slurs at them, and fired shots at them)

Motorist (other)

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 1, 1999

Yes (7, plus ammunition and other weapons) Nov. 1, 1999

Return (court ordered CSP to return guns because CSP had not exhausted the law's reasonable alternative standards; person did not retrieve guns, and they were destroyed on May 8, 2002)—case closed

Troop C

 

Case No. 2/11—Edward S. (m) (Tolland)

Health professional (visiting nurse)

Suicide risk (threatened to blow off his head because he was depressed over wife's death; doctor expressed concern over guns in subject's house)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 18, 2009

Yes (12, plus ammunition and accessories) Nov. 18, 1999

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year on Jan. 5, 2000guns returned on Jan. 16, 2001, except an unregistered TEC 9, which was ordered destroyed)—case closed

   

Case No. 3/26—Michael S. (m) (Salem)

Police

Mental instability

No specific target

Institutionalized for mental problems

Felony arrest history

Yes
(date unknown)

Yes (72, plus ammunition and accessories) Aug. 2, 2000

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns transferred to a 3rd party on April 6, 2001)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 4/27—Robert B. (m) (Monroe/ Troop K)

Relative (sister-in-law)

Other (sister-in-law expressed fear of subject after her actions led to his arrest; subject had access to large cache of guns; went to sister-in-law's residence while armed to claim property)

Relative (sister-in-law) (other)

Arrest for forgery

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
Aug. 23, 2000

Yes (231)
Aug. 30, 2000

Other (court ordered guns, except assault weapons, transferred to gun dealer on Dec. 6, 2000; per court order, assault weapons turned over to subject on March 22, 2001)—case closed

 

 

Case No. 5/33—Jerome F. (m) (see case No. 6/34 below) (Troop K)

Police

Violent threats (history of violent threats, including gun threats, directed at neighbor in numerous calls to police department, many made while drunk)

Neighbor (other)

Criminal record for carrying gun without permit

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
Feb. 16, 2001

Yes (1, plus ammunition and accessories)
Feb. 16, 2001

Hold (court ordered gun held for one year; gun returned on June 13, 2002)—case closed

 Troop K

 

Case 6/34—Jerome F. (m) (see case No. 5/33 above)

Police

Violent threats (see Case 5/33 above)

Neighbor (other)

Criminal record for carrying gun without permit

Mental health history: unknown

Yes
Sep. 26, 2001

No (1 flare launcher)
Sep. 26, 2001

NA (court ordered flare launcher destroyed)—case closed

 Troop E (Montville)

 

Case No. 7/36—Robert L. (m)

Health professional (psychiatric clinician)

Suicide risk (expressed suicidal thoughts to doctor; had access to large gun cache)

Self

Six-months for breach of peace; long history of treatment for depression and mental problems; history of suicide attempts

Yes
Mar 8, 2001

Yes (7)
March 8, 2001

Unknown (as of May 15, 2008, no information available)—file closed

 Troop C (Ellington)

 

Case No. 8/47—Frank A. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (threatened to commit suicide with gun)

Self

History of hospitalization and treatment for mental health problems)

Criminal history: not known

Yes
Sep. 7, 2001

Yes (unknown number)

No order (subject agreed to have CSP destroy guns but killed himself before written agreement was signed)—case closed

Troop L Litchfield

 

Case No. 9/25—Robert P. (m)

Drug and detoxification center employee (other)

Murder/suicide threat

Self and sister

History of voluntary and involuntary commitment for alcohol abuse

Criminal history: not known

Yes
July 11, 2000

Yes (2, plus ammunition accessories, and other weapon)
July 11, 2000

Transfer to third party (guns transferred to defendant's attorney on Sep. 20, 2000)—case closed

 Troop A

 

Case No. 10/56—Ray R. (m)

Wife (spouse)

Violent threat and behavior (domestic violence; hit and threatened wife)

Spouse (wife)

History of alcoholism and spousal violence

Yes
July 17, 2002

Yes (1)
July 17, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held until July 24, 2003; as of May 13, 2008, police still holding guns)—file closed

 Troop B

 

Case No. 11/65Alexander S. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (threatened suicide with gun after bank foreclosed on his house and attempted to evict him)

Self

Unknown

Yes
March 14, 2002

Yes (34)
March 14, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned March 26, 2003)—case closed

 Troop H

 

Case No. 12/69—Audrey J. (f)

Police officer

Suicide risk

Self

Unknown

Yes
April 23, 2002

Yes (3)
April 23, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year until May 6, 2003; handguns destroyed on Oct. 9, 2003)—case closed

 Troop H

 

Case No. 13/68—Joseph C. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Violent behavior (family violence complaint; previous history of threat to kill self and harm wife)

Unknown

Unknown

Yes
April 16, 2002

Yes (10)
April 16, 2002

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns destroyed on Nov. 1, 2005 because they were not claimed)—case closed

 Troop C

 

Case No. 14/79—Kent C. (m)

Police

Other (DUI accident; investigating officers found gun in vehicle; defendant had DUI record and previously complained to police of his depression)

No specific target

DUI arrest

Yes
March 17, 2004

Yes (4, plus ammunition and accessories) March 17, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held until March 31, 2005; guns returned on that date)—case closed

 Troop C

 

Case No. 15/81—Robert R. (m)

Police

Other

No specific target

DUI and breach of peace convictions

Previously hospitalized for mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse; history of suicide attempts

Yes
March 17, 2004

Yes (2, plus ammunition) date unknown

Destroy (court ordered guns destroyed on April 2, 2004)—case closed

 Troop H

 

Case No. 16/82—Alan G. (m)

Public official/ employee

Murder threat directed at DOT workers because agency was in process of taking family land by eminent domain

Public official/ employee

Bipolar disorder

Yes
March 3, 2004

No

NA (no guns found, no hearing required)—case closed

 Troop B

 

Case No. 17/88—Kennard P. (m)

Relative (sister)

Suicide risk (in drunken state, subject locked self in room with “large collection of firearms” where police heard “the action of a firearm moving to allow a round of ammunition into the chamber.)

Self

Bipolar disorder and severe alcoholism; previous emergency committals

Criminal history record: unknown

Yes
Feb. 6, 2003

Yes (10, plus other dangerous weapons and ammunition)
Feb. 6, 2003

Transfer to third party (court ordered guns turned over to subject's brother on Aug. 25, 2003)—case closed

 Troop H

 

Case No. 18/92—Eunice S. (f)

Coworker (workplace)

Murder threat (“threatened to shoot coworker between the eyes”)

Coworker (workplace)

No information available on criminal or psychiatric history, but police had previously seized gun from subject because she had brandished it at another coworker

Yes
Jan. 18, 2003

Yes (6, plus ammunition and accessories)
Jan. 17 and 19, 2003

Hold (court ordered guns held; guns returned on April 17, 2005)—case closed

 Troop C

 

Case No. 19/103—Kevin R. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
April 27, 2004

Yes (2)
April 27, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year until May 6, 2005; guns returned to owner)—case closed

 Troop C

 

Case No. 20/114—Richard L. (m)

Cemetery groundskeeper (other)

Suicide risk (physician certified defendant as gravely disabled and dangerous to self and others)

Self

Severe depression

Yes

Feb. 23, 2005

Yes (1)
Feb. 23, 2005

Destroy (court ordered guns destroyed; guns destroyed)—case closed

 Troop E

 

Case No. 21/123—Jeffrey M. (m)

Health professional (therapist)

Murder/suicide threats (subject said he had “a hit list on his wife, parents and also has a bullet with—name on it”; “if the cops ever come here, I'll get a few of them before they get me”)

Self and relatives

History of psychiatric problems

Yes
May 11, 2005

No (ammunition and accessories only)
May 12, 2005

NA (court ordered return of ammunition to defendant's father (May 26, 2005); ammunition returned on June 2, 2005)case closed

 Troop I

 

Case No. 22/135— James B. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Yes
Oct. 15, 2004

Yes (number unclear)
Oct. 18, 2004

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on Sep. 6, 2006)—case closed

 Troop L

 

Case No. 23/137— Timothy M. (m)

Girlfriend

Mental instability

No specific target

Bi-polar disorder; substance abuse

Yes
May 20, 2005

Yes (13)
May 20, 2005

Other (court ordered some weapons destroyed and others turned over to person other than the subject; turned over to gun dealer for sale)—case closed

  Troop L

 

Case No. 24/143— Brian B. (m)

Employer (workplace)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

History of psychiatric problems

Yes
Feb. 22, 2005

Yes (13)
March 11, 2005

Sell (court ordered guns sold to gun dealer; guns sold on March 30, 2006)—case closed

 Troop L

 

Case No. 25/175—Brett Z. (m)

Relative (daughter)

Suicide risk (subject, apparently depressed, told daughter he was “going to blow his brains out and get blood all over the porch”)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Nov. 17, 2007

Yes (6)
Nov. 17, 2007

NA (No order made; related criminal case resolved in defendant's favor; guns were returned without a court order)—case closed

 Troop C

 

Case No. 26/179—James M. (m)

Health professional (counselor)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
Aug. 2, 2006

Yes (3, plus accessories and ammunition) Aug. 2, 2006

Destroy (court ordered one gun destroyed and others transferred or else destroyed; guns destroyed on Oct. 3, 2007)—case closed

Troop C

 

Case No. 27/180—Joseph K. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (physician treating subject for psychiatric problems recommended that subject hot get access to gun because of personal injury risk; told police he was releasing subject only after being assured by subject's wife that subject would no have access to guns)

Self

Psychiatric commitment; history of suicidal behavior

Yes
Aug. 10, 2006

Yes (3)
Aug. 10, 2006

Hold (court ordered guns held until Aug. 21, 2007; apparently subject did not claim guns; guns destroyed on Dec. 12, 2007)—case closed

Troop C

 

Case No. 28/191—Jessie P. (m)

Relative (mother)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
May 1, 2007

Yes (1)
date unknown

Hold (court ordered gun held until Aug. 1, 2007; apparently court also issued a second order for the gun to be destroyed)—case closed

Troop C

 

Case No. 29/200—Jeanne S (f)

Spouse (husband)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Voluntary committal for depression and anxiety

Yes
Sep. 7, 2007

Yes (4, plus ammunition) Sep. 7, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year or transferred; as of May 8, 2008, CSP holding guns)—case open

Troop C

 

Case No. 30/193—Richard G. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes
April 11, 2007

Yes (2)
April 7, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year; guns returned on April 23, 2008)—case closed

Troop C

 

Case No. 31/201—Thomas M. (m)

Ex-girlfriend

Suicide risk (sent text message to ex-girlfriend with a photo of himself holding a gun to his head; Ex-girlfriend said subject had threatened to harm her and kill himself in past)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Oct. 9, 2007

Yes (1)
Oct. 9, 2007

Hold (court ordered guns held for one year)—case open

Troop L

 

Case No. 32/222— A. M. N. (f)

Unknown/unclear

Mental instability

No specific target

Unknown

Yes

May 14, 2008

Yes (4)

May 14, 2008

Hearing held July 24, 2008; court ordered guns held for one year until July 23, 2009

Troop B

 

Case No. 33/242— Peter B. (m)

Public official/employee (other)

Suicide risk (apparently distraught over home foreclosure, walked into woods with handgun)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Nov. 10, 2008

Yes (43)

Nov. 5, 2008

Hold (hearing held Nov. 24, 2008; court ordered guns held for one year)

Troop B

 

Case No. 34/251— Ted R. (m)

Unknown/unclear

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Aug. 14, 2008

Yes (2)

Aug. 13, 2008

Other (hearing scheduled for Aug. 28, but firearms were voluntarily turned over to a third party, Luis Ortiz, on state's attorney's order—case closed

Troop B

 

Case No. 35/261—David G. (m)

Police

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Defendant threatened police with a baseball bat after weapons were seized, claiming he was attempting “suicide by cop”

Yes

Feb. 27, 2009

Yes (1)

Feb. 17, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for March 3, 2009; no further information available)

Troop C

 

Case No. 36/258—Derek D. (m)

Girlfriend

Suicide risk (threatened and attempted suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

Feb. 9, 2009

Yes (1)

Feb. 9, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for February 18, 2009; no further information available)

Troop C

 

Case No. 37/275— Walter Z. (m)

Girlfriend

Murder/suicide threat

Self and police

Unknown

Yes

April 24, 2009

Yes (13)

April 24, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for May 6, 2009; no other information available)

Troop C

 

Case No. 38/273— Ralph B. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

History of severe depression, according to wife

Yes

April 9, 2009

Yes (2) April 9, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for April 21, 2009; no further information available

Troop C

 

Case No. 39/272—James M. (m)

Self

Reckless gun use (defendant accidentally shot self while intoxicated)

Self and nonspecific

Unknown

Yes

April 7, 2009

Yes (15)

April 3, 2009

Unknown (hearing set for April 16, 2009; no further information available)

Troop K

 

Case No. 40/265—Jeremy R. (m)

Mother of defendant's children (other)

Suicide risk (threatened suicide)

Self

Unknown

Yes

March 3, 2009

Yes (3)

Jan. 31, 2009

Unknown

Troop F

 

Case No. 41/223— Eli S. (m)

Store clerk (other)

Robbery (other)

Store clerk (other)

Domestic violence arrest

Yes

May 21, 2008

Yes (12, plus ammunition and accessories) May 21, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for June 4, 2008; no further information available)

Troop ?

 

Case No. 42/225— George C. (m)

Health professional (EMT)

Mental instability (bit EMT and locked self in room with firearm)

No specific target

Unknown

Yes.

May 21, 2008

Yes (12)

May 21, 2008

Unknown (hearing set for June 3, 2008; no further information available)

Troop L

 

Case No. 43/229—Kenneth R. (m)

Spouse (wife)

Murder/suicide threat

Self, wife, and child

Under psychiatrist's care for behavioral problems

Yes

Nov. 29, 2008

Yes (15)

Nov. 29, 2009

Hold (hearing on Dec. 12, 2008.; court ordered firearms held for one year)

   

Men = 256 Female = 21 Total=277

Police=29 Spouse 55 Ex-spouse=3 Relative other than spouse=36 Gfriend/bfriend=13 Ex-gfriend=9 Health professional=25 Self=12 Public official or employee=13 Friend=6 Workplace=9 Other =26 Unk/unclear= 41 Total=277

Suicide=126 Murder= 34 Mental Instability=31 Threatening=20 Murder/Suicide=25 Domestic Incidents=8 Reckless Gun Use/display=10 Unknown=6 Other=17 Total=277

Self=126 No specific target=43 Spouse=15 Unknown=10 Workplace=7 Police=8 Other 27 (landlord=1, serviceperson=1, school officials & neighbor 1, acquaintance=1, neighbors=9, children=4, public official=2, motorist=2, animal=1, school official=1, store clerk=1, relative=3) Self and others = 33; wife/ex-wife/gfriend=8 self and others=33 Total=277

 

Yes = 274 No = 2 NA= 1 Total=277

Seized= 263 No guns=11 NA=3

Total seized=-2,093

Hold=80 Destroy=17 3rd party=19 Sell=9 Other=8 Return=22 Unknown=102 No order =6 NA= 14 Total=277

Data Source: This report is based largely on warrants and case files voluntarily provided by courts to the Judicial Department and an OLR survey of the State Police and local police departments.

*In some cases, the warrant issue date is later than the seizure date because the guns were surrendered voluntarily or taken pursuant to a consensual search before the police applied for the warrant

**Case closed (no further action required); file closed (OLR unable to get information)

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