NEW BRITAIN - A Bristol man was arrested in Newington after a dispute involving a gun with a woman at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge.
Ladell McGee was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, violation of a protective order, first degree threatening, second degree threatening and disorderly conduct.
Newington police responded to the motel located at 3000 Berlin Turnpike around 1 a.m. for a dispute in progress on a report that a female had been struck by McGee, who had a firearm in his possession, the incident report said.
Police found McGee outside the motel room and found no weapons on him after a search, the report said.
Police then spoke with a woman, who was the sister of McGee’s girlfriend, in a different room than the room where the incident occurred, the police report said.
The woman they were speaking to said she and McGee argued and that McGee became became irate, the report said. McGee “flips a switch” and “gets crazy” at a moment’s notice, the woman, who was shaking, told police. She said she was scared of McGee.
After the argument escalated, McGee retrieved a handgun from the ceiling of the hotel room they were in, put the magazine into the firearm and stood with the gun by his side as he spoke to the woman, the woman told police.
Although McGee never pointed the handgun at her, she said she felt threatened.
Police then spoke to McGee’s girlfriend, who said that during the argument, her sister, who had been sitting on the bed, got up and pointed a finger in McGee’s face, the report said. McGee slapped it away. No overt assault occurred, police wrote.
McGee’s girlfriend said she did not know about a firearm and was outside smoking when the argument reached the point where the firearm was displayed and loaded, the report said.
McGee’s girlfriend allowed police to search the room where the incident occurred for the firearm, the report said. The gun, a 9mm pistol, was found. A magazine with 10 hollow point rounds was inserted into the firearm but the chamber was empty. A query on the firearm yielded no results.
A query of McGee’s name found that he was a convicted felon and subject of a protective order that said he is prohibited from carrying a firearm, the report said.
The protective order was issued in Florida and the protected person of the order was not on scene. McGee was then placed under arrest for the firearm charges.
McGee was ordered held on $300,000 bond during his arraignment Tuesday because he was viewed as a flight risk. He is due back in court on April 9.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.