Woman points BB gun at people in Torrington, including police officers

Elaine Rothenberg (Photo provided by the Torrington Police Dept.)

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A North Carolina woman has been arrested after police say she pointed a BB gun at several people in the area of the Torrington police station, including officers.

Just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, the Torrington Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a woman with a gun in front of the police department at 576 Main Street. The woman, later identified as 66-year-old Elaine Rothenberg, of North Carolina, was found circling the area of the police station with a black handgun.

Two people claimed they were accosted by Rothenberg, who allegedly pointed the gun at them asking if they were cops. The two people were able to get away without being injured.

Police said Rothenberg positioned herself at an employee only doorway, and stood with the pistol raised and in a shooting stance. Officers immediately made contact with Rothenberg, who yelled about hating cops and stated “What are you doing, shoot me!” and “What, are you scared?” at officers.

Rothenberg then raised the pistol, pointed it at officers, and yelled “Boom, boom, boom.” After a brief standoff, Rothenberg told police the gun was fake, threw it down on the ground, and stood in place. Officers immediately took her into custody.

After the incident was over, police determined that the gun was a BB gun that Rothenberg had purchased earlier that day because she believed it looked like a real handgun. Rothenberg was charged with reckless endangerment, threatening, interfering with police, and breach of peace. She is being held on bond.

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