Coventry man charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun in North Haven

NORTH HAVEN – A man North Haven Police arrested last summer is facing new gun charges related to that incident.

Branden Ridel. NHPD photo.

Last summer Branden Ridel, 32, of Coventry, was picked up on a warrant while police were investigating a report of suspicious activity at the Sunoco gas station on Universal Drive, according to police.

“Officers located Branden Ridel, who was walking in and out of the store,” police said in a statement released Tuesday night. When officers found that there Vernon police had a warrant out for Ridel’s arrest, he was taken into custody and his car searched.

“Inside of Ridel’s vehicle, officers located three firearms. Ridel had a valid permit to carry the firearms; however, one of the guns was a homemade shotgun, with a sawed off barrel.” the release said. “The homemade shotgun was submitted to the State of Connecticut Firearms Unit for an evaluation. It was determined the gun was illegal, and an arrest warrant was obtained by North Haven officers.”

On Tuesday morning, Ridel was stopped by Coventry police and transferred to the custody of North Haven police. He was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun and is due to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Feb. 22.


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