Firefighter on leave over shooting gun in domestic incident
Prior to being taken into custody, Darnell Tucker allegedly fired his weapon into the air outside of the apartment building
By Anna Bisaro
New Haven Register
WEST HAVEN, Conn. — A New Haven firefighter was arrested late Friday night after a shot was fired on Savin Avenue in West Haven.
Darnell Tucker, 34, was released Saturday on a $10,000 bond, according to the arrest profile obtained from the West Haven Police Department. New Haven Director of Communications Laurence Grotheer confirmed Wednesday that Tucker was placed on leave.
“New Haven Fire Chief John Alston has placed city firefighter Darnell Tucker, a West Haven resident, on paid Administrative Leave pending a departmental review of recent behavior in West Haven alleged to have created a public safety hazard,” Grotheer said in an emailed statement. “Chief Alston said he hopes to complete the departmental review within a week.”
West Haven Police Department spokesman Sgt. David Tammaro said in an email that police responded to a domestic dispute Friday at Tucker’s reported home in the 300 block of Savin Avenue. An allegedly intoxicated male, who was armed, was arguing with his girlfriend when police arrived, Tammaro said.
Prior to being taken into custody, Tucker allegedly fired his weapon into the air outside of the apartment building, Tammaro said.
Tucker is charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, both in the first degree; illegal discharge of a firearm; illegally carrying a firearm under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and disorderly conduct.
A full police report was not available from the West Haven Police Department.
Alston did not return requests for comment.
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