Man arrested after gun goes off accidentally

BRIDGEPORT – Police arrested a city man after they said his gun went off while he was cleaning it Monday night.

Kenneth Sullivan, 23, of Midland Street, was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal mischief in the third degree. He was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Police said officers were dispatched to Sullivan’s home on a complaint of a gunshot. They said Sullivan told them he had been cleaning his handgun, which he has a valid permit for, when it went off.

The bullet pierced the wall and struck the house next door, police said. While officers were in Sullivan’s home they smelled marijuana although none was found, police said.

Police said Sullivan told them he didn’t know the gun was loaded.

Categories: General
Daniel Tepfer

20 Responses

  1. syah says:

    I thought there was law passed in 2010 It require you to clean your Vechiles before driving on the road you can fine up to $150 fines I guess this does’nt applied to Bridgeport

  2. mack says:

    another law abiding responsible gun owner

  3. Jeff says:

    Gaudette is not a police officer, he’s a politition. You can’t be a leader of men, when the same men don’t respect him. I’ve personaly witnessed Bpt police officers commit felonies and nothing ever happend. It depends on who you are and who you know. keystone cops, who all suck up to the top, They are clueless

  4. says:

    way to go bridgeport PD. we are all so very proud of you.

    (if your sarcasm font isnt working today, i do apologize)

  5. BillBoy Baggins says:

    No surprises, here. Civilian gets arrested, police office goes free for same thing.

  6. ct resident says:

    How stupid could you be?

  7. john says:

    It happened. They busted someone who did the same as the cop last year. Cop scott free. We knew it.

  8. JO says:

    BRING IN THE FBI for a real investigation.
    We might (or might not) be surprised what is found under Finch’s nose.
    Gaudette is as responsible as Finch in setting the example.

    be careful on sharing your thoughts, they retaliate without prejudice.

  9. JRV says:

    And what about the Bpt Cop?????

  10. Joe Santos says:

    So this idiot gets arrested but the stupid pig in the donut shop dosen’t. Whats wrong with this picture?

  11. West Side Willie says:

    Nice double standard. If a cop has a negligent discharge in public (like say, a crowded coffee shop) it’s no big deal. But if a licensed citizen does, they get arrested.

  12. Fedupinbpt says:

    Have to agree with rynah. Two policemen involved in “accidental” shooting in a public restaurant and Chief Gaudett laughed. This man is i his own house with a valid permit and he gets charged. The police should have been charged with reckless endangerment at least!

  13. JOE says:

    Another rocket scientist masquerading as a gun owner. I’d be embarrassed to own a gun if I was that stupid.

  14. Zach says:

    Read this and immediately asked why they didn’t do this to the cop who shot the gun on purpose in that crowded Bagel King. Seems the laws are not the same for everyone.

  15. Randall Stevens says:

    Why was he arrested? Why wasn’t the investigation forwarded to the State’s Attorney? Why didn’t the chief call in the state police to investigate? Still waiting patiently on the decision regarding Officer Santiago.

  16. Mattatuckian says:

    Anyone who is so incompetent with a loaded gun that he can fire it accidentally while trying to clean it should not be allowed in the same room as a loaded gun. Having said that, it is my understanding that most of these so called “while I was cleaning it accidents” are not really what they claim, but the idiot at the trigger does not want to admit what really happened. If these are all really happening while these guns are being cleaned, we must have millions of the cleanest guns on the planet.

  17. SRD says:

    Char i dont believe his permit should be taken away. While it was negligent no one was hurt and it happened in his home. Cleaning many guns requires pulling the trigger. Im sure this is a mistake he will never allow happen again. Not waving a gun around acting like a fool and firing it is a different thing.

    But this truly is a double standard.

  18. reynah says:

    MR. FINCH & Chief Gaudett
    Sooo you arrest the civilian whose gun accidentally goes off while cleaning it, but not arrest the police officer who picks up the gun from the table and fires it, deliberately, in a restaurant? Both claim they didnt know it was loaded, but the civilian is arrested and not the officer.

    The officer should have been fired as well – Law breaking by any officer should be never be acceptable, anywhere, anytime.

    This act today, although following the law as is, shows that there truly is preferential treatment of officers over the people who actually PAY them for their jobs. The job starts with following and adhering to the laws they are to enforce on others. If they break the law, they should be fired and arrested. They have no reason what so ever to be upholding the law for others if they can’t apply the law to themselves. Make good on your oaths – arrest those who break the law, even if it one of your Brothers in Blue.

  19. Char Tr Sux says:

    Time to take this idiot’s gun permit away