Man Calls Cops Over State Trooper With Gun: Police

A Stafford man has been arrested after calling police to report a man with a gun, knowing full well that the armed person was an on-duty state trooper, according to police.

A man called 911 around 6 p.m. on July 25 and said a car was parked the wrong way on Fiske Avenue and the person inside of the car had a gun, police said.

The dispatcher asked the man if the person was showing the gun, but the caller just repeated that a person in a car had a gun, asked that troopers respond immediately and hung up, police said.

Police said they called the man back to get more information, but he told police to go see for themselves, then hung up again, police said.

At that point, troopers responded to the scene and a state trooper who was heading to another call was diverted to Stafford.

Shortly after hearing the broadcast for a person with a gun, the state trooper parked at Fiske Avenue for motor vehicle enforcement notified Troop C that he was at that location and conducting motor vehicle enforcement.

Police then identified the caller as Joseph Gagne, a 52-year-old Stafford man who lives near Fiske Avenue, police said. They also determined that he was fully aware that the person inside of the car with a gun was an on-duty Connecticut State Trooper and that the car was a Connecticut State Police cruiser, police said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Gagne, who turned himself in to police on Monday and was charged with falsely reporting an incident and misuse of emergency 911 system.

He was released on $1,000 bond and is due in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 26.

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