Meriden man held on $3M bond after allegedly firing gun into car

MERIDEN — A man is being held on $3 million bond after firing a gun at a woman who was known to him, police said. 

Jose Estevez, 44, of Meriden was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, theft of a firearm and reckless endangerment after reportedly shooting at a victim’s car using a stolen weapon. 

On Saturday around 12:12 p.m., officers met with a woman who told officers about a domestic incident the day before. 

The woman was at a local bar at about 8 p.m. Friday when she met up and began speaking with a man she knew, according to police. Estevez reportedly entered the bar soon after and saw the woman and the man together. Estevez began behaving erratically and was thrown out of the bar, police said. 

The woman told officers the man she met at the bar drove her home.  He parked the car in a parking lot behind her home. Estevez approached the car and banged on the driver’s side window with a firearm. Estevez then circled the car and fired a shot through the rear passenger side window, police said. There were no injuries, police said. 

The woman and the man drove away and she received threatening texts from Estevez directed at the man. Police recovered a bullet shell casing on the scene the next day and discovered the man’s vehicle had a shattered rear passenger window and a bullet hole in the rear driver’s side seat.

Police said as they were investigating the incident, Estevez left his home and began driving toward the woman’s home. Officers conducted a traffic stop and detained Estevez, discovering a loaded stolen handgun.

Officers said Estevez is a convicted felon and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm according to state law. Estevez could not be reached for comment. 


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