Fairfield man pleads guilty in UNH gun lockdown

William Dong pled guilty today to charges stemming from a Dec. 2013 incident in which he brought guns onto the UNH campus.

William Dong pled guilty today to charges stemming from a Dec. 2013 incident in which he brought guns onto the UNH campus.

Fairfield resident William Dong pled guilty today to charges that he illegally imported a banned assault weapon and brought two pistols onto the University of New Haven campus in Dec. 2013, according to a statement released by Governor Malloy’s office.

Police responding on Dec. 3, 2013 to a report of a man with a gun on the UNH campus took Dong into custody and found a rifle and ammunition in the Toyota Rav4 he parked at a nearby ShopRite parking lot. Dong reportedly walked onto the campus with two handguns he was licensed to carry.

The university and other schools in the area locked down while police searched for Dong. When Dong’s car registration was traced to his Stratfield Road home, Fairfield police searched the house the 20-year-old Dong shared with family members, finding a pellet gun and ammunition. Dong was charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon, illegal transport of an assault weapon, breach of peace and illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.

In his statement today, Malloy said Dong’s “guilty plea brings an end to a potential tragedy that was prevented due to Connecticut’s new gun safety laws.
“This individual imported a newly banned assault weapon into the state in violation of the new law. His weapon was a Bushmaster AR-15. His home and personal belongings contained news clippings on mass shootings – the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting in particular.
“Without the assistance of a citizen who saw something and said something, without the restrictions in the new gun law, and without the quick action of first responders at the University of New Haven and at the West Haven Police Department, December 17, 2013 might have been another tragic day in Connecticut’s history.  I congratulate the State’s Attorney’s Office in the Judicial District of Ansonia and Milford for a job well done.”

 

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