Bristol Police charge gunman after making ‘specific threats of violence’

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A file photo of a Bristol Police Department vehicle. Bristol Police have charged a gunman after he made “specific threats of violence” on Wednesday.

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BRISTOL – Some schools in Bristol were placed under lockdown on Wednesday as police investigated a gunman making threats of violence, according to the Bristol Police Department.

Police did not provide details on who exactly the man was threatening. The man was charged with having an assault weapon and a high capacity magazine, among other offences, Lt. Craig O’Connor said in a news release.

Officers were called to West and Jacobs streets around 11:50 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun who “made specific threats of violence,” O’Connor said.

As a precaution, schools in the area have been closed, according to O’Connor.

Officers located the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Robert Larose, at approximately 1:20 p.m. and charged him with second-degree breach of the peace, interfering with an officer’s conduct, first-degree threats degree, unlawful possession of an assault weapon and unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine.

Larose was held on $25,000 bail and is due in court in New Britain on Thursday, police said.