Late night gun incident leads to arrest of Wallingford man

Steven Leonard

Steven Leonard

Police arrested a Wallingford man after a handgun incident on 107 Farmstead Rd. in Southington. On Monday, Oct. 31, Steven Leonard, 30, was arrested at his Wallingford residence about two hours after being involved in the dispute.

Police were dispatched to the incident just after midnight (12:09 a.m.) on a report of a verbal argument involving a firearm. The investigation showed that Leonard confronted the female victim and a male acquaintance in the parking lot at 107 Farmstead Rd. During the confrontation, Leonard allegedly pointed a gun with a laser sight at the man, at which time the woman stepped between them.

At this point, Leonard allegedly punched his male acquaintance in the face. When police were called, Leonard fled the scene.

Officers made contact with Leonard, and he claimed that the gun he displayed was a water pistol with a laser taped to it. While at his residence, Leonard turned over a .380 caliber handgun with a laser sight to officers. This handgun was similar to what the victim described. The handgun and Leonard’s Connecticut pistol permit were seized.

Leonard was transported to Southington police headquarters and charged with first degree threatening, second degree reckless endangerment, and second degree breach of peace. He was processed and released on $5000 bond. His court date was scheduled for the same day.



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