Greenwich Man, 86, Fires Fake Gun at Noisy Construction Site: Police

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    Robert C. Mock, 86, is charged with firing a starter pistol in the direction of a construction site next door to his home in Greenwich. The picture above shows what a starter pistol, often used for athletic races, looks like.

    A Greenwich man living on Byram Shore Rd. told police he was frustrated with the construction clatter next door. So he fired a starter pistol to annoy the workers, police said.

    Greenwich police arrested Robert Claude Mock, 86, of 185 Byram Shore Rd., the day of the May 7 incident on charges including illegal use of a facsimile firearm.

    Mock aimed a weapon resembling a hand gun at the construction site from outside his home and an individual at the construction site heard what sounded like a gunshot. Then Mock walked west on his property, fired what turned out to be a starter's pistol twice and went back inside his home.

    The witness reported the incident to police at about 5:24 p.m. that evening and officers responded. Police heard a fourth shot coming from the back of Mock's home while officers were interviewing the complainant and called more units to the scene.

    Officers cleared the outside of the building. Mock exited his residence when police instructed him to do so. He told police that he didn't intend to threaten or harm the construction workers but that "he did intend to make a lot of noise to annoy the workers," according to the police report. 

    Police determined that the firearm was a starter pistol "incapable of firing projectiles," the report states.

    Officers released Mock at the scene after charging him with the illegal use of a facsimile firearm, second-degree breach of peace, threatening and second-degree reckless endangerment.

    Mock is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on May 14.