Darien Police officers arrested; placed on paid leave

James Martin and Daniel Ehret


DARIEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two Darien officers have been arrested and placed an paid administrative leave after they were arrested by Connecticut State Police.

James Martin
James Martin
Daniel Ehret
Daniel Ehret

41-year-old James Martin and 38-year-old Daniel Ehret, both 10 year veterans of the Darien police force, have been charged with reckless endangerment, breach of peace, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

This all comes after police responded to an Aug. 1 call of shots fired in the town of Darien. Officers arrived to find the exterior of a vehicle belonging to James Martin riddled with numerous gunshots.

Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello says that the two officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident occurred. “The allegations leading to the arrests are disturbing. I cannot conceive of anything that would lead police officers to do something so profoundly dangerous and wholly irresponsible. This conduct is intolerable and does not reflect the professional values or the ethical, responsible, and moral conduct we demand of Darien police officers and their duty to the public we serve,” Chief Lovello said in a statement.

A separate internal investigation will begin and Darien police say that those findings will determine the course of disciplinary measures taken against those officers.

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