Shelton man facing gun charges after allegedly skipping out of paying for meal at Hamden restaurant

HAMDEN – A Shelton man skipped out on paying for his meal at a Hamden diner early Saturday morning, and because of that is now facing gun charges, according to police.

The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Three Brothers Diner at 1038 Dixwell Ave, according to Hamden Police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

Edward Brown Jr., 51, of 30 Todd St., Shelton, “exited the restaurant without paying for his meal,” Smith said in a release Monday.

“An employee subsequently followed Brown Jr. northbound on Dixwell Avenue,” Smith said. “Further investigation revealed that Brown Jr. removed a loaded firearm ‘from his shorts’ and placed it in the area of 1080 Dixwell Ave.”

When officers arrested Brown, they found him in possession of three bullets, Smith said. “The firearm was located and seized as evidence,” Smith said. “In addition, officers learned that Brown Jr. is a convicted felon.”

Brown was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a revolver without a permit and sixth-degree larceny. He was held in lieu of $75,000.00 bond and is due to appear in Meriden Superior Court Oct.10.

Officer Christopher Sheppard conducted the investigation, Smith said.

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