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Southington Man Charged After Pulling Handgun on Neighbor

Police said 53-year-old Michael Pepe approached a neighbor while intoxicated last week and started a verbal argument before pulling a handgun, pointing it and threatening to kill the victim.

Michael Pepe. (Credit: Southington Police Department)
Michael Pepe. (Credit: Southington Police Department)
A Southington man is facing charges after police said he pulled out a handgun, pointed it at his neighbor and threatened to kill them during a confrontation between the two outside the victim’s Spring Lake Road home last week.

Officers took Michael Pepe, 53, into custody on Wednesday evening following the incident, which allegedly occurred after the 236 Spring Lake Road resident had been drinking, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said.

“According to the victim, Pepe came to his residence and an argument ensued between them,” Dobratz said, quoting the police report. “The victim reported that during the course of the argument Pepe pointed a handgun at him. As Officers were conducting the investigation, Pepe was found to be under the influence of alcohol.”

“Pepe admitted to confronting the Victim while in possession of a firearm but denied pointing it at him.,” he said.

Pepe was booked on charges week on charges including carrying a firearm while intoxicated, breach of peace and first-degree threatening. He was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

He is due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment on Jan. 27, according to court documents.

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