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Police in Connecticut say they arrested a homeless man who was shooting at cans with a pellet rifle not far from President Barack Obama's motorcade route.

Bloomfield police say Joseph Stravinskas was found in a wooded area on Monday, shooting at cans with a rifle. Police say he initially refused to drop his rifle, but he eventually did and was arrested.

The arrest came after the president arrived at the University of Hartford to argue for new gun control legislation. Bloomfield police say the arrest is unrelated to Obama's visit and occurred before the president's motorcade left the university following his speech.

The 27-year-old Stravinskas is charged with breach of peace, threatening and interfering with police. He was arraigned in Hartford on Tuesday and is in custody, unable to post $15,000 in bond.

ORIGINAL REPORTING FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say they arrested a man who pulled out a rifle-like BB gun as President Barack Obama's motorcade passed by him.

Authorities say the man was pacing back and forth and then pulled out the gun Monday as the motorcade went by in Bloomfield while returning to Bradley International Airport, after the president gave a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford.

Bloomfield police have not released the man's name or the charges against him.

Police say officers noticed the man acting suspiciously and took him into custody by force when he pulled out the gun.

The man is expected to be arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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