Police: Meriden man charged after bullet holes found in vehicle

Police: Meriden man charged after bullet holes found in vehicle

By Lauren Sellew

Record-Journal staff

MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police responded to a report of shots fired last year and found a vehicle with bullet holes.

Justin Frederick, 29, of 189 Glen Hills Rd., was charged by warrant on Tuesday with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of ammunition and illegal manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Police responded to the area of Glen Hills Road on Oct. 25, 2018 around 1:36 p.m. for a report of shots fired, according to the arrest warrant. A witness told police he heard three gunshots and saw a man with a handgun in the backyard of 189 Glen Hills Rd. The witness said after the shooting the man went into the house and then returned to the backyard.

Other residents told police they also heard gunshots in the area of 189 Glen Hills Rd., but did not want to give statements because of fear of a man, identified as Frederick, the warrant said. Police found a vehicle in the backyard of the home with what appeared to be multiple bullet holes and noted the holes appeared recent.

Police identified two men at the home, one as Frederick and noted both men are prohibited from possessing firearms because of past criminal convictions. Police said Frederick and a woman that lives at the home gave conflicting accounts of how the vehicle received the bullet holes.

Police obtained search warrants for the house and officers found numerous .380 caliber shell casings and spent projectiles in the backyard and from the car. Police also found a box of .22 caliber ammunition in a bedroom drawer and a Remington model Nylon 66 .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle, as well as a marijuana plant growing in a plastic bucket on the floor, the warrant noted.

Frederick was arrested at the time of the incident on charges of interfering with the police investigation. Police spoke with Frederick at the station and he told them the pistol used was located under the passenger seat of the vehicle that had been shot. Police found a Beretta Model 84 .380 caliber pistol where Frederick indicated under the passenger seat.

Police noted the vehicle that was shot was in the backyard of a residential neighborhood and the gunshots were fired in the general direction of nearby homes, the warrant said. Police said the investigation didn’t reveal any lawful reasons for Frederick discharging the firearm in the yard.

Frederick was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. The judge set bond at $20,000 and transferred the case to the gun docket in New Haven Superior Court for Oct. 15.



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