Man charged after gunshots fired into Johnson Ave. home in Meriden

Man charged after gunshots fired into Johnson Ave. home in Meriden



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MERIDEN — An East Haven man faces charges after police said he fired two shots from a handgun into a Johnson Avenue home during a family dispute on Sunday. 

Derrick Way, 33, of 24 Colonial Heights Road, East Haven, was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and risk of injury to a minor. 

On Sunday, about 4:30 a.m. police responded to 473 Johnson Ave. after receiving reports of gunshots. Residents  told police about a dispute between Way and one of his relatives at the home, according to a police report. Way was told to leave and after he went outside they heard loud “bangs” that sounded like fireworks. 

Police found two .45 caliber shell casings in the driveway and damage to the front door frame, the report said. Police learned Way has a .45 caliber handgun registered to him and notified East Haven police, who were able to make contact with Way. He told police where the handgun was located and it was seized, the report said. 

Way was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. According to statements in court, he has no criminal record. The judge set bond at $35,000 and transferred the case to New Haven Superior Court for Oct. 22. 


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