Police: Loaded gun seized during Waterbury arrest

WATERBURY — A man found trying to get into a vehicle with a half-empty bottle of alcohol was also in possession of a loaded gun, according to police.

Around 11:15 a.m. Thursday, the police department’s Auto Theft Task Force was patrolling the area of Meriden Road in a spot where the task force has found numerous stolen vehicles, Sgt. Robert Davis said.

While patrolling, they saw a man — later identified as 21-year-old Christian Harris, of Waterbury — walking through the Pine Grove Cemetery near a silver Acura TL with a half-empty bottle of alcohol, Davis said.

He said officers approached Harris because they thought he could be intoxicated and was about to get into the vehicle. Davis said Harris then dropped a fanny pack to the ground and tried distancing himself from it.

Officers saw the bag was partially open with the handle of a gun sticking out, Davis said. Inside, he said, officers found a loaded 9mm handgun with 12 live rounds.

Officers found that Harris did not have a valid pistol permit, Davis said. He was taken into custody and charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal sale or transfer of a pistol or revolver, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a high capacity magazine and operating a motor vehicle under suspension. He was held on a $100,000 bond.