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SnapChat Video Shows Arrested Darien Teen Waving A Gun, Issuing Taunts

The Darien Times has obtained a video of a local teen ranting with a gun on SnapChat.
The Darien Times has obtained a video of a local teen ranting with a gun on SnapChat. Photo Credit: Darien Times Screenshot

DARIEN, Conn. — The Darien Times has obtained a video showing a Darien teen, who was later arrested, brandishing a firearm and issuing profanity and racial slurs via SnapChat.

In the 9-second video, the 16-year-old has covered his face with a bandana and is waving a firearm, which police said has not been recovered, the Darien Times says.

The teen, who was arrested March 4, has been held at the Bridgeport Juvenile Youth Detention Facility, the Darien Times said. His identity has not been released because of his age.

At the time of his arrest, police said the School Resource Officer assigned to Darien High School had been made aware of the SnapChat video.

The verbal taunts were not specifically directed at an identifiable person, group, place or institution, Darien police said.

The SRO identified a Darien High School student who was at the school at the time as potentially being involved in the video, according to police reports. The student was contacted in an office at the high school, where police said he became combative. He was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.

Police determined the video was not filmed at Darien High School and that the person in the video was the Darien High School student who had been taken into custody.

"This investigation is receiving the highest priority," Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello said. "I have been in close contact with Dr. Dan Brenner, Superintendent of Schools to ensure a timely exchange of information necessary to keep students, school staff, and parents aware of what information we do have. There is nothing to suggest that any criminal act was being planned. We will keep this line of communication open and, in conjunction with school administrators, do whatever is necessary to address any concerns school students, staff or parents may have. As always, the cooperation and assistance received from the Stamford Police Department was outstanding."

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