MERIDEN — A local man faces weapons charges after police investigated reports of gunshots on Tuesday.
Elimelec Adorno, 21, of 120 Gravel St., was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a high capacity magazine and interfering with police. He hasn’t been charged in the initial report of gunshots.
On Tuesday around 9:15 a.m. police responded to the area of Crescent and Akron streets for a report of “shots fired,” police spokesman Lt. John Mennone said. Police found five 9mm Luger shell casings. Video footage of the incident showed a tan Honda Civic with a distinct sticker on the driver side rear vent window.
Around 5:30 p.m. police saw the vehicle in the area of 115 Elm St. and began surveillance, Mennone said. A short time later a man that matched the description of the shooting suspect got into the vehicle. Police approached the vehicle and ordered the man to get out.
The man, later identified as Adorno, raised a pistol while seated in the car, police said. Police noticed that Adorno was holding onto the barrel with the magazine portion of the gun facing toward detectives, Mennone said. Adorno threw the pistol, a Taurus 9mm, out of the car and he was taken into custody. Police also found a spent 9mm Luger shell casing inside the Honda following Adorno’s arrest.
Adorno was held on $350,000. His court date information was not immediately available.