New Haven firefighter accused of shooting gun in domestic incident

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven firefighter is on paid administrative leave as he faces multiple charges related to a shooting incident in West Haven Friday.

According to West Haven police, 34-year-old Darnell Tucker, of West Haven, allegedly fired a gun Friday night. Police said Tucker was under the influence at the time of the shooting. No one was injured in the incident.

Neighbors heard gunshots and saw police swarm the West Haven condo complex.

“The police had flashlights and they were going around the ground,” said neighbor, Ralph Manzo. “I heard something bang against something and I looked out the window about 5 minutes later and I saw 7 police cars.”

Police say Tucker was arguing with his 23-year-old girlfriend who was in a car.

“So I assume I heard bullet hit the car,” said Manzo. Police say not only did Tucker fire one shot in the air. Officers say they found a bullet lodged right into the door jam where the victim was sitting.

Court documents state police seized two guns and multiple rounds of ammunition from the Savin Avenue home. He’s been with New Haven Fire for 3 years. Neighbors are just relieved no one was hurt.

Manzo said, “I’m just worried about people shooting bullets ’cause they could hit the ground and bounce up and go into people’s condos and stuff and someone could get hurt. It’s a tenant you don’t really want to have.”

There’s also a protective order in place for the victim’s safety.

Tucker is facing multiple charges, including two counts of criminal mischief, carrying a firearm under the influence, illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct. His bond was set at $10,000. He is due in Milford Superior Court on June 30th.

The Director of Communications Laurence Grotheer released the following statement on the incident:

New Haven Fire Chief John Alston has placed city firefighter Darnell Tucker, a West Haven resident, on paid Administrative Leave pending a departmental review of recent behavior in West Haven alleged to have created a public safety hazard. Chief Alston said he hopes to complete the departmental review within a week.”

We called Tucker and his attorney and have not heard back.