Police: Darien student had gun in video
DARIEN — A 16-year-old Darien High school student was taken into custody Friday after an SRO at was told about a video on social media in which a male with a bandanna partially covering his face was “brandishing a handgun” and issuing “verbal taunts,” according to police.
The student was taken to the Darien police station after he became combative while being questioned. Police said they confirmed the Darien student was the gun-brandishing male in the video.
Police said taunts issued in the video did not appear to be targeted at any “specific person, group, place or institution.”
Stamford police were subsequently contacted when a 16-year-old Stamford resident and acquaintance of the Darien student was identified as potentially involved in the making of the video. Officers searched the homes of both teens but did not locate the handgun, police said.
The Darien student has been remanded to the Bridgeport Juvenile Youth Detention Facility pending further proceedings. Police said they will continue to locate the handgun.
“This investigation is receiving the highest priority,” Darien Police Chief Duane J. Lovello said in a statement. “I have been in close contact with (Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner), to ensure a timely exchange of information necessary to keep students, school staff and parents aware of what information we do have. There is nothing to suggest that any criminal act was being planned. We will keep this line of communication open and, in conjunction with school administrators, do whatever is necessary to address any concerns students, staff or parents may have. As always, the cooperation and assistance received from the Stamford Police Department was outstanding.”
First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson declined to comment.