Elderly Branford man arrested after complaints of gunshots

Howard Titus

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– An 81-year-old man was arrested Monday after several ongoing complaints of gunshots in a Branford neighborhood.

Police say over the past few months, they have responded to a number of complaints of gunshots around the Supply Pond, North Chestnut and North Main Street area. The complaints were received by neighborhood residents and business owners, but the only thing determined was that a dark colored car may be involved.

On Monday, just after 7 p.m., police received another complaint from patrons at a restaurant on North Main Street. They reported that gunshots could be heard in the area of property that was currently under construction at 250 North Main Street.

Officers arrived to that area to find Howard Titus in a dark red vehicle. Titus told police that he had firearms in the trunk of his car and that he was shooting the weapons at a dirt mound. Officers then found two 22 caliber rifles and a .45 caliber handgun in his possession.

Titus later admitted to also firing the weapons on numerous occasions at different locations in the area.

Titus was charged with Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment 1st, Criminal Trespass and Breach of Peace. He was released on $2,000 bond and will appear in court September 20th.

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