Warrant: Wallingford man’s gun discharged in bathroom at Meriden health center

Warrant: Wallingford man’s gun discharged in bathroom at Meriden health center

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MERIDEN — A Wallingford man charged Friday with firing a gun inside a bathroom at the Community Health Center in September was arrested in a separate incident Sunday night after police said officers found drugs and a machete in his car.

Jonathan Ruiz, 37, of 48 East St., Wallingford, was charged Friday with first-degree reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a firearm. On Sunday, he was charged with criminal attempt to commit assault on a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hallucinogenic, weapons in motor vehicle, and failure to comply with parking signs on a highway.

On Sept. 27, police responded to Community Health Center, 134 State St., for a report of a small explosion in the lobby bathroom. A bullet hole was also found in a bathroom wall.

Police viewed security video and determined a loud noise was heard shortly after Ruiz entered the bathroom, according to Ruiz’s arrest warrant. Police checked a database and discovered Ruiz purchased a Ruger SP101 .357 caliber revolver the day before the incident.

The ammunition for the Ruger matched the size of the bullet hole found in the bathroom wall, the warrant said. When questioned, Ruiz told police the gun discharged while he was removing his clothing to use the toilet.

 On Sunday around 11:30 p.m., an officer saw a car parked in a no parking zone on South Grove Street and spoke with Ruiz, the driver, according to a police report.

A police dog alerted officers that narcotics were in the car, the report said. Police found 13 baggies of suspected PCP in the center console and a machete in the trunk.

Ruiz was taken into custody and brought to the police station. Once at the station, Ruiz would not get out of the cruiser and attempted to kick one of the officers, the report said.

Ruiz was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. Bond was set at $50,000 and he is due back in court on Jan. 8.



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