Police: Suspended CT trooper broke mirror after argument at wedding




SOUTHINGTON — Local authorities have arrested an eight-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police on assault and other offenses after they say he took a mirror off a wall and broke it during an argument.

Police said Christopher Russell got into an argument with a family member Saturday while they were at a wedding.

When they returned to Russell’s Southington home, the argument “continued and became physical,” when Rusell “took a mirror off the wall” and broke it, Southington Police said.


A child was in the home during the argument, police said.



Christopher Russell, 46 Photo: Contributed /Southington Police Department


Photo: Contributed /Southington Police Department



Police said they were sent to the home around 8:40 p.m. after receiving an anonymous call about the verbal argument between the family member and Russell.

The 46-year-old was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and risk of injury to a minor.



Russell’s attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday.

“It was learned during the course of the investigation that Russell was employed by the CT State Police,” Southington police said. “A representative of the CT State Police responded to the residence and made arrangements for Russell’s police vehicle and contents to be removed from the scene.”


Russell is a Trooper First Class, state police said in a statement Sunday. As a result of the arrest, his police powers were suspended and his badge, cruiser, and state police firearms were seized.

Internal affairs is investigating the incident, state police said.


Russell was released on $5,000 bond and was due to appear in court Monday, Southington police said. No plea has been entered, and the case was referred to a family relations officer, court records show.


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