Police: 'Highly intoxicated' Salem man fired pistol in backyard

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Salem — State police on Tuesday evening charged a town man with drunkenly shooting a pistol in the backyard of his Old Colchester Road home.

Police said William R. Aldridge, 49, of 725 Old Colchester Road was “highly intoxicated” while firing the pistol about 7:45 p.m.

In posts on the Salem CT Town Group page on Facebook, neighbors said police surrounded Aldridge’s home and blocked off a section of the road for more than an hour.

William R. Aldridge
William R. Aldridge

Police said they were able to take Aldridge into custody “without incident.” No injuries were reported.

Police charged Aldridge with illegal possession of a large-capacity magazine, illegal discharge of a firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second-degree breach of peace and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Issued a $50,000 bond, Aldridge was due in Norwich Superior Court on Wednesday.

l.boyle@theday.com

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