Dario Correa (Courtesy of the Meriden Police Department)

Man charged with firing gun at Meriden bar

MERIDEN — A Hartford man faces charges after police say he fired a gun after his friend was assaulted at a local bar early Saturday morning.

Dario Correa, 37, of 58 Sherbrooke Ave., was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of first-degree threatening, and breach of peace.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, police spokesman, said an officer in the area of La Perla Restaurant, 149 Lewis Ave., about 2 a.m. heard what he believed were gunshots. The officer called in the incident and additional officers responded for backup, McKay said.

The officer saw the man he believed was the shooter get into a car, which responding officers surrounded, McKay said. The driver, identified as Correa, and two passengers were removed from the car, McKay said.

Police found a .40 caliber Glock under the driver’s seat, McKay said.

Witnesses told police that a friend of Correa’s was being assaulted by two or three people outside La Perla when the owner of the restaurant, who knew the victim, intervened, McKay said.

After the fight was under control, Correa ran toward Foster Street and pulled out the handgun, McKay said. Correa fired two shots into the air to scare one of the people who had assaulted his friend, McKay said. Officers do not believe Correa was trying to hit anyone, McKay said. Correa had a valid pistol permit, McKay said.

Correa was cooperative with officers on scene, McKay said.

Correa posted $150,000 bond and is due in Meriden Superior Court March 24, McKay said.

The identities of the people who assaulted Correa’s friend are not known and no additional charges have been filed, McKay said. (203) 317-2225

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