Hamden Man Charged with Shooting at Children

One of the youth's bicycles had broken and they were searching for a stick when he fired warning shots for them to leave, according to police.


A Park Road man is facing charges after he allegedly fired a gun to scare two children off his property.

Hamden Police got a report involving the discharge of a firearm on May 4, police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith said Tuesday.

When police arrived, they found two New Haven youth ages 15 and 12 who told police that they were riding their bicycles on Park Road when one became disabled, Smith said. The two then went onto private property looking for a stick to use to fix the bike, he said.

As they were looking, Richard Pinney, 32, of Park Road, came outside and yelled for the children to leave, Smith said. The children saw that Pinney had a gun tucked in his pants and they took off, he said. 

"While running southbound on Park Road, the youths stated that Pinney fired 'two or three shots' into the air," Smith said. "Hamden Police subsequently surrounded Pinney’s residence. He was contacted by telephone and ordered out of the house. He surrendered without incident.

"Furthermore, Hamden Police confiscated 12 firearms from his home," Smith said. "Pinney advised police that he thought one of the youths had a brick in his hands and that he was attempting to break a garage window."

Pinney was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and second-degree breach of peace.

He was held in lieu of $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on May 18.


The Hamden Police Department Detective Division is continuing the investigation.

Bill Fasula May 08, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I've never heard that a stick could be used to fix a bicycle. You learn something new everyday.
Brian May 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I've never heard that someone can "advise" the cops while holding heat.
Trainspotter May 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I believe it is a correct use of the word Advise (to give a person or group, etc. information or notice) and was more commonly used back when newspapers had quality writers on their staff. It is so rare to see these days, that it must seem like a mistake to some.
C.S. May 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Wow back when I was a kid the homeowners would simply come out raise their fists and scream "get off my lawn you kids" how things have advanced, and not for the better either in some cases. Glad nobody was hurt though.
Craig Zac May 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Good old hamden... I agree with C.S. back in my youth if we went on someones property, they would come out and say "Hey you kids, get off my lawn" and we would leave. Now, as for needing a stick to fix a bike, its possible cause I had many a cobbled together bike where I would use a stick or even a small rock to hold the derailer (part of the gear changing system on bikes) at a certain gear because the cable had snapped. So I can believe it. Plus... what need is there for keeping 12 guns ? unless he was a collector...or nut case..or just was over compensating for having something else that maybe wasnt "up to par" so to speak.


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