Elderly Byram man arrested after gun ruse at construction site

An 86-year-old Byram man is accused of firing a starter pistol toward a  construction site in broad daylight, police said in an effort to bother noisy workers. Robert Mock, of 185 Byram Shore  Road, is now facing a number of charges, including  illegal use of a facsimile firearm, threatening and reckless endangerment.

According to police  reports, on May 7, construction workers at a building site on Byram Shore Road witnessed an elderly man exit his nearby home, aim what appeared to be a handgun at the building and pull off a single shot. Two more shots followed.

Several GPD units were dispatched to the scene on reports of shots fired. As they interviewed the complainants, officers heard a fourth shot ring out from behind 185 Byram Shore Road. Backup was called in, and the house cleared.

When confronted by police, Mock allegedly told them he had never intended to hurt or threaten, only to annoy workers at the loud construction site. The hand gun was located and was determine to be a starter pistol used during track and field events and could not be used to fire projectiles.

Mock was charged and released at the scene with a court date  of May 14 at state Superior Court in Stamford.

Justin Pottle