Massachusetts Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Association

Drunk auxiliary cop pulls gun on pizza driver, police say

14 Oct 2014 7:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Matt Tota, Daily News Staff 

BELLINGHAM, Mass. undefinedWearing a bulletproof vest and smoking a cigar, a drunken auxiliary police officer on Sunday pointed a handgun at a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver who had stopped to ask for directions, police said.

The Milford Daily News reported that Bellingham police said Kevin Houlihan, 45, had a .24 blood-alcohol level, three-times the legal driving limit, when he ordered the delivery man to raise his hands and sit on the curb in the Bellwood Circle condominium complex.

Police arrested Houlihan and confiscated his auxiliary police-issued .40-caliber Beretta pistol that he had tucked into his pants and another .380-caliber Ruger handgun inside his condo.

Houlihan was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a firearm while intoxicated. His firearms license has been suspended pending a review.

Bellingham police Lt. Kevin Ranieri said Houlihan has been told to resign from the auxiliary police force by its chief, Eugene Bartlett. Bartlett on Tuesday could not be reached for comment.

According to the police affidavit filed in Milford District Court, the Domino’s delivery driver had trouble finding a condo in the Bellwood complex at about 8 p.m. Sunday and called out to Houlihan for directions.

Houlihan, who had been sitting on his front porch, walked over to the car with a black handgun and had it pointed at the delivery driver, telling him to "put his hands up," police said.

Houlihan then spoke into a walkie-talkie and said, "We got the guy," according to the affidavit.

Police said Houlihan had a cigar in his mouth, an alcoholic drink in one hand and a bulletproof vest on underneath his sweatshirt.

Houlihan told the man to sit on the curb because "police were on the way," the affidavit said. The Domino’s employee, police said, told Houlihan he was just delivering a pizza and showed the food and receipts in his car.

When another delivery driver from Domino’s arrived at the complex, Houlihan seemed to realize he had made a mistake, saying there had been "a lot of recent break-ins in the area" and he needed to "watch the neighborhood," police said.

Houlihan was arraigned on Monday and held on $1,000 bail. He’s due back in court on Nov. 20.

Bellingham Auxiliary Police officers are unpaid volunteers and work as a separate entity, Ranieri said. They mostly help with traffic enforcement and patrol.

The requirements to join the auxiliary police are that a person must be 21 years or older and have lived in Bellingham for at least a year.

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