An officer in Meriden is being credited with stopping a potential shooting early Wednesday morning.
Police said they arrested 24-year-old Teleki Kindle after he confessed to buying a handgun and throwing it out of a vehicle window.
Just after 12:30 a.m., Officer Christopher Griffin was conducting checks in the area of Randolph Avenue after receiving a complaint about "something big" that was going to happen there.
Griffin reported seeing a blue Hyundai circle the area three times.
He tried to pull the vehicle over, but received more information from a sergeant that caused him to break it off.
Griffin disengaged, but maintained visual contact. He lost sight of the car near Columbia Street.
The Hyundai was spotted again on the other side of the city and stopped on Liberty Street by College Street.
Griffin and other officers helped make the stop.
Police identified the driver as Christopher Adam Giacco.
Kindle was his passenger.
Police said they searched the vehicle and found prescription pills, marijuana and a .25 caliber handgun magazine with a single round missing. The gun itself was not in the vehicle.
Police backtracked to where Griffin lost sight of the car and found a .25 caliber Raven handgun in the road by a crosswalk to John Barry Elementary School. The gun had its serial number partially scratched off, according to officers.
It had a round in the chamber, along with a visible print on its chrome.
Griffin, whom police said developed a rapport with Kindle, received a confession from the suspect who claimed he bought the gun and threw it out of the car window.
When Griffin first observed them, it appeared that they had been doubling back to retrieve the discarded gun.
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