MANCHESTER — A man who police say fired a gun from a car was arrested by an officer who heard the gunfire early Sunday morning

Police say an officer heard the shots around 2:10 a.m. in the area of Manchester Boulevard and Wrangle Brook Road in the Whiting section.

The officer stopped a car driven by Nathaniel Chudkowski leaving the area and found a 9mm handgun and ammunition in his vehicle.

Police say Chudkowski was shooting into a wooded area.

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Map shows the intersection of Manchester Blvd. and Wranglebrook Rd in Manchester
Map shows the intersection of Manchester Blvd. and Wranglebrook Rd in Manchester (Canva)
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"Swift response and decisive actions"

Chudkowski was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and failure for a permit-to-carry holder to disclose to a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a handgun or that a handgun is stored in the vehicle.

He also faces a charge of consumption of alcohol by an authorized holder of a permit to carry a handgun.

Police chief Antonio Ellis credited the officer's "swift response and decisive actions" for eliminating a public safety threat.

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