Man fires gun to scare off antagonist, charged with illegal discharge

A Milford man was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm Aug. 14 after police said he fired his gun into the air at the intersection of High Street and West Main Street.

According to police, at about 1:15 a.m. Kenneth Caluori, 30, of 26 Golden Hill Street called 911 and said he was confronted by a man who stood in the road waving his arms for Caluori to stop his vehicle. The man appeared to be in distress but after Caluori stopped his vehicle the man was antagonizing Caluori into a fight, police said.

The man approached Caluori’s vehicle in a threatening manner, concealing his hand behind his back as if he had a weapon, according to a police report.

Caluori then pulled out a handgun, which he has a permit to carry, and fired a round into the air to stop the man from approaching further. The man then ran off and hid. Police said the man was found by police and found not to possess a weapon. He was sent to the hospital for a medical examination.

While speaking with officers Caluori admitted to having a beer earlier in the evening, police said. So his charges stem from carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, according to the police report.

He was released from police custody on his promise to appear in court Sept. 8.