Hartford Fire Lieutenant Arrested after Police Find Firearms in Child’s Bedroom

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Police have arrested a lieutenant with the Hartford Fire Department after they found unsecured firearms in the bedroom of a seven-year-old.

Michael Paterson, 43, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 29 counts of risk injury to a minor. He was also charged with breach of peace and threatening, Lt. Brian Foley, commander of the Major Crimes division, said.

“The guns were located in a bedroom. It was a child’s bedroom. They were on the bed. Every gun was unloaded but in close proximity, within a foot or two to ammunition,” Foley told News 8.

Police arrived at Paterson’s home in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday morning after someone reported a domestic incident, authorities say.

Paterson was initially not there when police arrived. When Paterson did make it to the residence, he took officers into a child’s bedroom. There police found 26 unsecured firearms, most in the bed of a seven-year-old. Three other firearms were found in a gun safe in the basement, according to The Courant.

Detectives are still trying to account for other firearms registered to Paterson at addresses in Hartford, Bloomfield and South Carolina, Foley said.

Authorities say Paterson has been cooperating with the investigation.

Paterson is on administrative leave from the fire department, where he has worked since 1997, department Capt. James McLoughlin said.

Sources: News 8, The Courant