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Alcohol addiction spurred fire lieutenant's threats, school security measures

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SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A lieutenant with the Bridgeport Fire Department was arrested for threatening a teacher, which caused seven schools in Southington to be placed into a soft lockdown on Tuesday morning. 

Gregory R. Daly, 42, of Southington, was charged with first-degree threatening, second-degree harassment and breach of peace.

Police said he sent threatening texts to his wife, a high school school employee.

"I'm going to kill you. See you when school starts," one of the texts read.

That led to seven schools in Southington being placed in a "secure status,” which meant officials didn't allow people inside buildings for a period of time.

The soft lockdown was at Southington High, DePaolo Middle, Hatton Elementary, Kennedy Middle, Derynoski Elementary, Plantsville Elementary and Flanders Elementary schools. 

Daly's family said he's been battling a nasty alcohol addiction.

Court documents revealed that Daly has a history of dramatically ending relationships.

He was accused of burning his ex-wife's belongings. Now, it's an alcohol addiction that was spurred depression and verbal abuse, according to his wife.

That's what sent her and their two children packing.

The documents show that Daly didn't just threaten his wife. He threatened to kill himself.

Multiple guns were seized from his Southington home.

In Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday, a judge ordered him to surrender all of his weapons and never return to the home or school. He was also ordered not to have contact with his wife. The judge added that someone else had to retrieve his belongings.

After Daly was placed in police custody, the schools returned to normal operations. 

Daly has worked for the Bridgeport Fire Department for 16 years. Following his arrest, the fire department said Daly was placed on administrative leave.

Daly’s bond was set $150,000 bond. His next court date is on Nov. 4.

If he posts that bond, court officials said he'll need to get treatment for his alcohol problem. His lawyer said he was already in treatment, but the state said that's exactly why the high bond was necessary.

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