North Haven police arrest man for allegedly possessing sawed-off shotgun

Branden Ridel (Photo: North Haven police)

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Coventry man has been arrested after police say he was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

According to police, in the summer of 2017, units from North Haven were investigating a report of “suspicious activity” at a Sunoco gas station on Universal Drive.

Officials located 32-year-old Branden Ridel walking in and out of the store.

Police say an investigation revealed Ridel had an active arrest warrant issued by the Vernon Police Department. Authorities then took Ridel into custody.

Inside of Ridel’s vehicle, units located three firearms.

Officers say Ridel had permits for the guns, but that one was a homemade shotgun with a sawed-off barrel.

The State of Connecticut Firearms Unit determined that the gun was illegal, and an arrest warrant was obtained by North Haven police.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested Ridel and charged him with Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22.