A man from Hartford faced a judge after officials said he brought a loaded hand gun into a popular soccer center in Glastonbury.
According to police, Sean Vincent, 29, got into a fight inside the Oakwood Sports Center during an adult soccer game Sunday night. Vincent and the other player were thrown out and the game was ended.
Witnesses told officers Vincent then went out to his car in the Oakwood parking lot, got his loaded 45 caliber glock handgun and went back inside.
Police said he approached the player he fought with and walked back out on field with his gun at his side, which had a bullet in the chamber. However, police said he never pointed or fired the gun.
"The matter escalated to the point that he felt in fear and jeopardy of his personal self," said Milton Walsh, who is the public defender for Vincent.
Vincent, who has no previous arrests, was arrested inside his car and charged with reckless endangerment and breach of peace.
On Monday, Vincent appeared in Hartford Superior Court.
Vincent told police that the man, who he said was a friend, choked him during a rough play in the game.
"The victim in this matter at one point is said to have choked Mr. Vincent out," Walsh said. "And Mr. Vincent lost consciousness."
Vincent was ordered to give up his legally registered gun and he is barred from returning to Oakwood.
The owner of Oakwood Sports Center did not want to comment on the incident.
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