Re-arrest issued for Southington man accused of pointing gun at woman, firing at wall

Published on Thursday, 2 December 2021 17:03


SOUTHINGTON - A re-arrest has been ordered for a local man who police allege pointed a gun with an illegal high capacity magazine at a woman in a Southington motel before firing the weapon at a wall.

Joshua Wilson, 55, was scheduled to appear this week in New Britain Superior Court on charges of third-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of large capacity magazines, carrying a pistol without a permit, reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief.

According to judicial records, a judge ordered that the 55-year-old be re-arrested -- which is done in instances when defendants fail to appear for a scheduled hearing. Wilson’s case has been sealed from the public, so additional details about the status of the matter were not available Thursday.

At the time of the arrest on Feb. 25, 2020, police said the victim in the matter, who was staying in the same room as Wilson, was assaulted.

Police said officers were called to the motel, at 625 Queen St., around 10:48 a.m. Investigators found that Wilson had thrown the woman to the ground in the room and struck her head several times, police said.

He then pointed a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun at the victim before raising it away from her and firing one round, according to police. Police said he then left the room with the gun in a box, which was located shortly thereafter on the Motel 6 property.

The bullet went through the wall of the Motel 6 room where the incident took place and through two unoccupied rooms nearby, police said. No injuries related to the gun being discharged were reported.

Police said Wilson did not have a permit to carry a handgun. Furthermore, according to police, the firearm was equipped with an illegal high capacity magazine. Police reported finding three more illegal magazines in the room where the incident took place.

The woman who was involved in the dispute reported minor injuries and she declined medical attention, police said.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 2 December 2021 17:03. Updated: Thursday, 2 December 2021 17:06.