Two Darien police officers arrested for discharging gun outside home while off duty

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James Martin (left) and Daniel Ehret (right0

DARIEN–Two longtime officers within the Darien Police Department have been arrested after a shooting incident.

On Saturday, August 1, police received notice that two off-duty officers were being investigated after allegations that a weapon had been discharged outside a single-family home belonging to one of the officers in the early morning hours.

The Darien Police Department immediately turned over the criminal investigation to State Police, which resulted in the arrest of officers James Martin and Daniel Ehret.

Both officers have worked in the department for 10 years, and both are charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, breach of peace in the second degree and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

“I cannot conceive of anything that would lead police officers to do something so profoundly dangerous and wholly irresponsible,” Chief Duane Lovello said in a statement. “This conduct is intolerable and does not reflect the professional values or the ethical, responsible, and moral conduct we demand of Darien police officers and their duty to the public we serve.”

Both officers were placed on administrative leave with pay the day the incident occurred. A separate investigation within the department will now start to determine what disciplinary actions will be taken against Martin and Ehret.