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Soccer Player Showed Gun at Sports Club: Police



    Soccer Player Showed Gun at Sports Club: Police
    Sean Vincent is accused of brandishing a gun at the Oakwood Sports Complex in Glastonbury on Sunday.

    A 26-year-old Hartford man accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the soccer field inside a Glastonbury sports club while he was there for soccer game on Sunday was arrested, according to police.

    Police responded to the Oakwood Sports Center in Glastonbury at 11:02 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6 after receiving a report of a handgun inside the building.

    Police said Sean Vincent, 29, of Hartford, was at the Oakwood to play in a soccer league when he showed the gun.

    The owner of the club said Vincent brandished the gun after an altercation with a player from the opposing team.

    "He walked onto the field and had the firearm by his side. He walked up to the person he had the altercation with, had some words with him and then left," James Kennedy, of the Glastonbury Police Department, said of Vincent.

    A referee told police Vincent was playing "extremely physical" and "smack talking" during the game.

    Just before the final whistle, Vincent took out another player's legs from behind and that player retaliated by putting Vincent in a headlock, according to police. After receiving a red card, Vincent's lawyer said he went to his car and grabbed a .45 caliber Glock for protection.

    Vincent left the club in a car. When officers stopped him shortly thereafter, they said they found a handgun in his possession.

    Vincent was charged with threatening in the first degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, breach of peace and suspended registration/insurance.

    According to the police report, Vincent admitted to approaching the victim with the gun by his side, but told a detective, "I didn't shoot the gun because in my mind I said it wasn't worth it."

    Vincent is being held on $50,000 bond. He  was ordered to surrender his pistol permit and stay away from Oakwood and the victim.