Meriden man faces felony assault weapon, illegal capacity magazine charges

Meriden man faces felony assault weapon, illegal capacity magazine charges


Edwin Roman (Courtesy of the Meriden Police Department)

MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police investigated a reported gunshot wound and found illegal assault weapons in his home.

Edwin Roman, 50, of 141 View St., was arrested Tuesday and charged with four counts of possession of an assault weapon, 11 counts of possession of a large capacity magazine and one count of second-degree reckless endangerment.

On Jan. 27, officers responded to MidState Medical Center for a man being treated for a gunshot wound to his hand, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. Roman said he was injured when he struggled with a man who tried to rob him in front of his home.

Officers went to Roman’s home but could not find any evidence to corroborate his account, McKay said.

Roman’s fiancée granted consent to search the house and police found blood on the basement floor, McKay said. Officers got a search and seizure warrant, and after an extensive search of the home, seized four firearms, including a Bushmaster AR-15 and an AK-47, McKay said. The weapons are on the banned list for assault weapons in the state. Police also seized 11 illegal high capacity magazines and one round of armor piercing ammunition.

Roman is not certified to possess the firearms, magazines or ammunition, police said. Roman told police he previously lived in New York, where the guns were legally purchased, but moved to Connecticut three years ago.

After confronted with evidence police found at his home, Roman said that he was at a shooting range when a revolver malfunctioned, injuring his hand, according to a police report.

Roman was arraigned at Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. Judge Sheridan Moore released Roman on a promise to appear in court with the condition he be monitored electronically. Roman he is prohibited from leaving his home, except to go to work.

Attorney Justin Maffeo represents Roman. Both Maffeo and Roman declined to comment outside court on Tuesday.

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