Report of shots fired leads to police standoff, arrest of Trumbull resident
A police standoff Sunday evening in Trumbull led to the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and reportedly fired shots in the direction of a neighbor.
Around 7 p.m. Sunday night, Police responded to the area of 270 Shelton Road, after receiving a report from a neighbor that said shots had been fired in his direction while the caller was outside. The caller said the blast from a shotgun came from across the street and pellets were striking a tree nearby.
The witness had also seen a verbal and physical altercation between a man and woman at the home.
Police surrounded the house, closed the area to traffic and notified all the neighbors, via reverse 911. The residents in 270 Shelton Road did not immediately respond to police, who were attempting to communicate through a PA system. About 90 minutes after police arrived a female victim, emerged from the house with obvious signs of having been assaulted, police said.
Her boyfriend, Greg Gerathy, 55, was allegedly drunk and struck her several times in the face and tried to strangle her with a shirt.
Officers from the Southwest Emergency Response Team responded and continued to attempt to make contact with Gerathy. Shortly after 10 p.m., Gerathy emerged from the rear of the house and was taken in to custody. Gerathy, who lives at the Trumbull residence, was subsequently charged with third-degree assault, strangulation third degree, interfering with an officer, and criminal possession of a firearm or ammunition.
No weapon was recovered however a single shotgun round was located on the counter in the residence.