New Haven City Employee Pistol Whipped Co-Worker: Police

A New Haven Public Works employee is under arrest, accused of pistol-whipping a co-worker on Wednesday.

Police responded to a home on Middletown Avenue around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday for an assault.

They said 51-year-old Henry Bell confronted his co-worker with a handgun and began hitting the victim in the head with the weapon.

Police said both Bell and the victim were off-duty at the time of the incident and both had finished their shifts earlier.

During the incident, the gun discharged, according to police.

Bell then took off in a vehicle, police said.

The victim suffered minor injuries to his face and was taken to the hospital to be treated.

Officers arrested Bell on Thursday morning.  He is charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, first-degree threatening, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, and second-degree breach of peace.

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