NORWALK, Conn. -- One person was hit by bullet fragments after a Norwalk man fired his gun into the ground during a disturbance on Mott Avenue early Saturday morning, according to police.
A pedestrian was also injured when he was hit by a police cruiser responding to the incident, police said.
Carlos Pol Jr., 28, was charged with weapon in a motor vehicle, unlawful discharge of a firearm, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a large capacity magazine and breach of peace. He was held on a $50,000 bond and will appear in court Oct. 6.
At around 2 a.m. Saturday officers monitoring bar closings on West Avenue at Wall Street heard a single gunshot coming from Mott Avenue, police said. When they responded to the area they found a 30-year-old man who had been struck in the arm and abdomen by bullet fragments. The victim suffered minor injuries and declined evaluation by medical personnel who responded to the scene.
Witnesses pointed out Pol as the suspect in the shooting, who was sitting in a vehicle on Mott Avenue, police said. When officers approached the vehicle, Pol got out and began to walk away, according to police reports. However, he was quickly apprehended.
Police searched his car and recovered a loaded Glock handgun with a 13-round magazine, as well as an expandable baton, according to police reports.
Through their investigation, police said that Pol had been involved in a disturbance on Mott Avenue and had fired a single round into the ground, causing bullet fragments to strike the victim. Police said that Pol has a valid Connecticut pistol permit.
An officer responding to the incident was involved in an accident on West Avenue in front of the Lotus Lounge when he hit a pedestrian, according to police. The pedestrian, Jonathan Torres, appeared to be intoxicated, police said. Police said that Torres had seen police car approaching with its lights and siren activated, yet thought he could make it across the roadway in time. After he was hit, he suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Norwalk Hospital. He was also cited for reckless use of a highway by a pedestrian.
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