Man Threatened Utility Workers, Fired Gunshots: Cops

An East Hampton man is accused of threatening utility workers who were working on restoring power, then firing gunshots.

Police responded to 501 Moodus Road at 11:19 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a complaint about a drunken man with a gun and spoke with two contractors, working for the utility company, Eversource, to restore power in the area, police said.

They said Jeremy J. Hackling, a 44-year-old resident of the home, was drunk when he approached them, said he had a gun and told them he didn’t want them on his property, police said.

The contractors for the company, formerly known as Connecticut Light & Power, left the property and soon after saw Hackling with a flashlight and a rifle, then they heard three or four shots, police said.

The two workers said they weren’t sure whether the shots were fired in their direction.

Officers from the East Hampton Police Department searched the property and found Hackling, who was not armed, but they did find a loaded Springfield Arms M1 Rifle and seized it.

Hackling was taken into custody and charged with threatening, interfering with an officer, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a large capacity magazine, breach of peace in the second degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a firearm while under the influence of liquor or drugs and reckless endangerment in the first degree.

Hackling posted $25,000 bail and is due in court April 9.

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