NORWALK, Conn. – Two Wilton brothers were arrested early Monday and charged with scuffling with police officers, Norwalk Police reported. One of the brothers was shot with a stun gun and taken to Norwalk hospital. Police said both brothers appeared to be intoxicated.
The incident began when off-duty Norwalk officer Thomas Sullivan, who was driving on North Main Street in his own vehicle, slammed on his breaks to avoid hitting Thomas McLaughlin, 28, of 30 Friendlee Lane, Wilton, who was stumbling in the road, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. Sullivan beeped his horn and McLaughlin slapped the right side of Sullivan's hood, said something incoherent and walked into the road again, stumbling toward the Webster Street parking lot, Cotto said.
Sullivan, who was not in uniform, told McLaughlin to sit down, Cotto said. McLaughlin appeared not to understand, became defensive and tried to punch Sullivan in the face but missed, Cotto said.
Meanwhile, McLaughlin's brother Michael, 31, also of 30 Friendlee Lane, Wilton, arrived in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cotto said. He got out, charged Sullivan and said he would knock Sullivan out, according to Cotto.
Sullivan told them both he was an off-duty police officer, but Michael McLaughlin kept trying to separate him from Thomas, Cotto said. "I'm a cop, get off me," Sullivan said, but the tussle continued.
When Officer Garret Kruger arrived, Michael McLaughlin was pushing Sullivan, Cotto said. Kruger grabbed the older brother and ordered him to stop fighting, that they were police, but the altercation continued. At this point, Michael McLaughlin was shot with a stun gun, Cotto said.
Sullivan and Officer James Mosher detained Thomas McLaughlin. Michael McLaughlin was taken to Norwalk Hospital to be treated for his stun gun wounds. He was then taken to police headquarters and arrested.
Both brothers were charged with breach of peace second degree and interfering with an officer. They were released on a promise to appear. Their court date is Oct. 9.