Trespasser appeared in court Friday after two officers injured at Naval sub base in Groton
GROTON– Two sub base police officers were hurt after an unauthorized person tried to enter the Naval Submarine Base New London.
The suspect appeared in Hartford Federal Court early Friday afternoon. He has been identified as Gary Ray Brunache, 35.
He said he was trying to see his brother on the base and got agitated when he couldn’t get on. Brunache has an extensive arrest record dating back to 2008 with charges include criminal trespass, stalking, and violation of probation.
A spokesperson from the Navy’s media department says around 7 p.m. Thursday, the Brunache was “belligerent” and threatened an officer at the main gate with a knife. In response, an officer fired at him.
Fragments of the bullet hit another sub base officer injuring him. A third officer was injured with a minor stab wound in the leg. The two injured officers were taken to the hospital and released at 10:30 p.m. The officer who fired the shots was also taken to the hospital, but just for evaluation. All the injured officers were treated and released.
Brunache was taken into custody following the incident. He was not injured, but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The main gate has reopened.
Besides Groton Police and police from the naval base, State Police and the FBI also were on the scene investigating.