Man Fired Gun at Victim Trying to Gas Up in Hamden: Police

Hamden police have arrested a man accused of firing a gun at a victim who was trying to gas up his car.

Police arrested 31-year-old Phillip Holmes on assault charges Tuesday.

According to police, Holmes approached the 46-year-old victim at a gas station in the area of Dixwell Avenue and Woodin Street. The victim, who was sitting in his car when Holmes approached, opened the door, causing Holmes to stumble backward. The victim told police it was then that he spotted a gun in Holmes hand, and drove off.

Investigators said Holmes fired at the victim as he fled, hitting the vehicle multiple times. The victim was not hurt.

Holmes is charged with criminal attempt to commit assault, reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a weapon. He was held on a $400,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 24.

Police said Holmes is on federal probation.

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