A man faces charges for making comments about killing people at a town council meeting in Newington.

According to police, William Gardner was escorted out of the meeting by an officer for creating a disturbance.

Gardner told Channel 3 that he's upset over a diesel fuel spill on town property that seeped into his backyard. He said, as a result, he can't sell his house.

He also said the town has refused to test the soil in his backyard to see if it's polluted.

Channel 3 first reported on the leaking tanks back in January. Reports obtained by the I-Team showed that 19,000 gallons of fuel leaked behind town hall a few days after Christmas.

Gardner said he wanted to address his property issues at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday.

"This stuff has leaked into my yard, but they won't test it. They said I'm fine, but how do I know that," Gardner said.

Channel 3 spoke to the town attorney, who said they town property near the spill was tested and there were no signs of contamination.

The attorney said in part, "The town's environmental consultants have unequivocally stated that his property was not affected by the diesel leak."

Officers responded to Town Hall around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Once Gardner was gone, a witness came forward and reported hearing Gardner making threats to kill people as he was entering the meeting.

"I was kind of angry, but I didn't threaten anyone. They told me I had to leave and I left," Gardner said.

Officers located Gardner and he was taken into custody without incident.

"They found out I'm not a danger to myself. I'm just angry," Gardner said.

Gardner was charged with second-degree breach of peace.

He was released on a $5,000 bond.

Gardner is expected to face a judge in New Britain Superior Court on April 17.

Channel 3 will have more on this story starting at 5 p.m.

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