Police: With loaded gun drawn, Shelton man scares customers in Monroe liquor store

Security footage shows Philip Caseria, 60, of Shelton, with a loaded gun drawn as he walks into a Monroe wine shop last weekend, police said.

Security footage shows Philip Caseria, 60, of Shelton, with a loaded gun drawn as he walks into a Monroe wine shop last weekend, police said.

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MONROE — A Shelton man is facing a dozen charges after walking into a Route 111 wine shop pointing a loaded gun at people inside last weekend, police said.

Philip Caseria, 60, of Shelton, did not use the weapon, but scared customers and clerks who fled to the back of the building as they saw him walk in, police said.

Security cameras captured Caseria pulling into the parking lot of 574 Wines on Route 111 while driving a white van about 3 p.m. Saturday, Monroe Police Lt. Michael Sweeney said. He parked blocking some cars even though plenty of spaces were open, Sweeney said.

Caseria then got of the van with a gun in his hand and pointed it at the building, the video shows, according to Sweeney.

Since the business has glass front windows, customers and employees could see Caseria approaching the entrance with the gun drawn, Sweeney said.

After everyone inside ran to the back of the building, Caseria looked around and then left headed toward Shelton, Sweeney said. He was arrested about a half-hour later by Shelton police, Sweeney said. The loaded gun was on the floor of the van, Sweeney said.

After being charged with unrelated prior motor vehicle offenses in Shelton, Caseria was turned over to Monroe police, Sweeney said. Monroe police charged him with five counts of breach of peace, two counts of first-degree threatening, five counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child.

Caseria posted $250,000 bond and is slated to appear in the state Superior Court of Bridgeport on Sept. 20.

He gave no explanation why he walked into the store with a gun, Sweeney said.