Retired Bridgeport firefighter allegedly threatens to kill chief

BRIDGEPORT —  A former city firefighter was arrested last week after entering Bridgeport Fire Headquarters and allegedly threatening to kill himself and Chief Brian Rooney, according to police.

Bruce M. Toth, 59, had resigned in 2007, and wanted his job back, sources said.

Rooney was not present and Toth was detained at fire headquarters on Congress Street while police were called.

A loaded handgun was found in Toth’s car after his arrest on Friday, said William Kaempffer, the Bridgeport public safety spokesman.

He subsequently was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

After his arrest, police searched the suspect’s vehicle prior to it being towed, and officers located a handgun in the vehicle.

Toth’s state pistol permit had expired. As a result, police are pursuing a warrant on gun related charges, Kaempffer said.

The susopect, who has been banned from fire headquarters, was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. He was released on his promise to appear on Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Toth was hired in 1996 and resigned from the department in 2007.



Frank Juliano