Manchester Police say a South Windsor police officer fired her weapon after a local man pointed a rifle at her at his Buckland Street apartment Friday afternoon.

Police say the officer was responding to the home of 67-year-old David Hamilton to investigate damage to the mailbox of a doctor who Hamilton felt had prescribed medications which he felt were too expensive.

The officer asked for Hamilton’s identification, he said it was in his bedroom, went to go get it, and returned with the rifle, said police. The officer, fearing for her life, drew her service weapon and fired at least one round at Hamilton, said authorities. He was not hit by the gunfire.

Police say Hamilton’s 49-year-old son helped the officer by holding him down until he could be handcuffed. Authorities said it was unclear if Hamilton fired on the officer.

Hamilton was taken to the Manchester Police Department. The charges against him were not immediately available.

The South Windsor officer, a six-year veteran, was not inured.


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