A New Haven man was arrested after police said he wanted to “snipe” officers and kill them early Friday morning.
Alex Lawrence, 24, went into the Go on Gas, 144 Arch St., around 2 a.m. Police learned that Lawrence asked the clerk for free cigar.
However, police said the clerk refused to give Lawrence a cigar and would not leave the store. At that time, Lawrence allegedly said “Call the police. I want to kill them and snipe them when they arrive.”
The clerk called police and told them that “he feared for his life.”
Officers arrived to find Lawrence was located near the store.
Lawrence was found with small quantity of marijuana and a Hydromorphone pill.
On Friday, Lawrence was charged with second-degree threatening, breach of peace, possession of narcotics and possession of marijuana.
Customers at the Go on Gas told Eyewitness News they sad about what happened, but were not surprised.
"There's no need to be going crazy, but that's just the way things are nowadays people get a little something going on and they start going crazy," customer Clark Tucker said.
"It's obvious that he faces some type of issue something holding him back something making him act a certain type of way," customer Wilbert Frazier said. "We don't know what's going on, but he needs prayer."
Lawrence is being held on a $5,000 bond. Lawrence is expected to be arraigned at Meriden Superior Court on July 22.
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