Connecticut: EW man fires shot to scare off burglar, both arrested

East Windsor, Connecticut

From the Journal Inquirer of December 24, 2007

EW man fires shot to scare off burglar, both arrested

Two men were arrested on numerous charges Saturday, police said, after a homeowner fired his shotgun out his window to drive away a would-be burglar.

Alan Pelletier, 45, of 95A Main St. in the Broad Brook section was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of firearms, and second-degree breach of peace by threat, police said.

Delroy A. Martin, 24, of 794 South St. Suffield, was charged with second-degree assault, criminal mischief, breach of peace, and criminal attempt to commit burglary, police said.

Officers responded to a call about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.

“It appears Martin was attempting to break into 93 Main St. when shots were fired,” Capt. Roger T. Hart said.

“It appears Pelletier shot a 12-gauge shotgun out the rear window of 95A Main St., presumably in an attempt to scare away the suspect,” according to Hart.

No one was injured from the shooting, police said.

“When we arrived several people were holding a black male down,” Hart said.

That man, Martin, was “attempting to break into a residence, using a garden tool to break down the door,” according to Hart.

Martin appeared to have been intoxicated, and damaged multiple unit doors, Hart said.

Martin was held in lieu of $100,000 bond and was scheduled to appear at Enfield Superior Court today.

Pelletier was released on $10,000 nonsurety bond and is to appear on Jan. 22 at Enfield Superior Court, Hart said.

The Civilian Gun Defense Blog does not usually accept stories where the citizen is charged with a crime in relation to the shooting. Nevertheless, we feel that, as reported, Mr. Pelletier’s actions fall within the scope of this blog and should be included.

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