During the course of the investigation , it was determined that Patterson had over 69 firearms registered to him. For the safety of the individual receiving the threats and as required by law, HPD Officers asked to view the weapons and attempted to seize the weapons. Upon being shown the weapons, HPD officers became concerned over the way the weapons were being stored.
According to sources, the majority of the weapons were laid out on a bed in the same bedroom that Patterson's seven year old slept in an adjoining bed. Sources also said that children's toys were in the same area as the loaded weapons.
Patterson also apparently had an empty gun safe in his basement. Why it was not being used is unknown
Patterson was arrested on numerous charges and according to sources, the case will be referred to DCF for child endangerment issues.
Accused: Michael Patterson, 43 of 25 Canaan St. HTFD
Breach of Peace 2nd
29 Counts of Risk of Injury to a Minor.
The investigation is ongoing, Major Crimes Division- Domestic Violence Detectives are still attempting to track down and account for firearms at addresses in Hartford, Bloomfield and South Carolina. Detectives are working with the State Firearms Unit to review this incident as well as locate and account for all firearms registered to the accused. The accused is cooperating with investigators.