Shelton police charge New Haven man with allegedly firing gun while intoxicated

Shelton Police Department.
Shelton Police Department.Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media

SHELTON — A New Haven man was arrested Wednesday and charged with allegedly firing a gun while intoxicated on Center Street on Dec. 16, police said. 

Shelton police charged Joseph Proto, 47, with illegal discharge of a firearm, carrying a firearm while intoxicated and first-degree reckless endangerment. 

According to police, officers responded to the apartments at 100 Center St. on a report of a man passed out in the hallway between the units and Caloroso Eatery and Bar. 

“The man, identified as Proto, had a 32-caliber handgun next to his hand with an expended shell casing and one round missing from the gun,” said Shelton Police Det. Richard Bango. “Officers also located a fragmented bullet in the hallway.” 

Bango said a tenant reported that he heard a “loud bang” just prior to Proto being located. 

Proto, who appeared to be intoxicated at the time, was unable to speak with officers, according to Bango, who added that the ensuing investigation revealed Proto was drinking at downtown bars just prior to the incident. 

Police said Proto was transported to the hospital after the incident. 

He was released on a $20,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Jan. 4. 

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