Thursday, May 12 2022

VERNON, CT — A Vernon teenager is charged with damaging several condo units at a local resort with a mostly plastic handgun he purchased online and then assembled at home, police said.

Cory Taylor, 19, posted $50,000 bond after receiving a warrant in the case and is due in court on May 17, according to a warrant.

He was charged with unlawfully manufacturing a polymer or plastic gun, unlawfully discharging a firearm, second degree breach of the peace (four counts), tampering with evidence, criminal mischief on third degree (three counts) and second degree reckless endangerment. (four counts).

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The case dates back to late 2021, shortly after the weapon was purchased online, according to a warrant. The gun comes 80% assembled and a hardware kit can be purchased separately to get it operational, police said.

Detectives determined that a single bullet was fired inside Taylor’s bedroom at a local condo complex, which Taylor claimed was by accident, according to a warrant.

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The bullet traveled to a nearby unit, where two people lived, then to another unit where one person lived, and to another unit, where another person lived, according to a warrant. He was eventually arrested by a large beam, according to a warrant.

The weapon, which resembles a Glock pistol, uses 9mm cartridges and was handled “in a dangerous manner”, detectives said in a warrant. The gun featured an “80% lower” frame and is commonly referred to as a “ghost gun”, police said in a warrant.

After the gun was fired, Taylor is accused of randomly disposing of it in the Hockanum River. He also threw the balls in a hurry, according to a warrant.

Taylor is ineligible for a pistol license due to his age, the warrant states.

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