A 31-year-old man was arrested in the midst of Hurricane Sandy on Monday after allegedly using a shotgun to fire upon a sailboat that washed ashore during the storm.
Shane Carrier, of 204 Pequot Ave., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, loaded rifle in a vehicle, weapons in a motor vehicle, interfering with police and breach of peace. He was held on a $25,000 bond.
Deputy Chief Peter Reichard said officers with the New London Police Department responded to the area of 177 Pequot Ave. after receiving a report that a man was firing upon a sailboat that had broken loose from its moorings and washed ashore, striking an occupied house. The incident was reported to police at 5:08 p.m., as the storm was intensifying and about five hours before the expected height of storm surge damages at high tide.
Reichard said Carrier was arrested as he left the scene in a vehicle. Police found two loaded shotguns and a rifle in the vehicle.
Reichard said no one was injured in the incident, but that the boat and house both sustained heavy damage.
According to The Day, neighbors said Carrier was trying to sink the vessel as it approached his home.