A lieutenant in the Bridgeport Fire Department who is accused of threatening to kill Southington High School teacher on Tuesday morning has been placed on leave and police said they seized several guns from his home.
Police took Gregory R Daly, 42, of Southington, into custody at his home on Tuesday after he allegedly sent a text message threatening to kill the teacher.
That message prompted the school district to issue a “secure school status’ at Southington High School, DePaolo Middle School, Flanders Elementary School, Hatton Elementary School, Kennedy Middle School, Derynoski Elementary School and Plantsville Elementary School until 9:40 a.m., when police determined that there was no threat to any of the schools.
Daly, who has no prior record, has a severe drinking problem, according to prosecutors, who said the victim has safety concerns and thinks he poses a danger and needs help for anxiety and depression. Prosecutors said he has a history of violence and "poses a danger to others."
"He threatened to go to the place of employment and shoot off ammunition or shoot off the guns at that location," state prosecutors said.
A judge issued a protective order and ruled that Daly cannot have guns or ammunition.
Daly, a married father of two and a small business owner, has been with the Bridgeport Fire Department for 16 years, with no prior problems.
He has been placed him on administrative leave pending an investigation into his arrest, Kevin Coughlin, public safety spokesman for the city of Bridgeport, said.
Daly has been charged with first-degree threatening, harassment in the second degree and breach of peace.
He was originally held on $500,000 bond, but the judge lowered bond to $150,000.
He is due back in court on Nov. 4.