Arrest After Shots Fired on Surrey Drive

Surrey Drive resident arrested for shooting into the woods.

Brookfield police were dispatched to Surrey Drive at 7:16 p.m. on Friday after a resident in the area reported hearing gunshots. Officer arriving in the area found Robert Caselnova, 19, of Surrey Drive, Brookfield, standing outside his residence.

While speaking with Caselnova, he indicated that he had been discharging a firearm toward the rear of his property, a wooded area that separates his property and a residence on Drover Road. Caselnova was taken into custody based on this information.

He was charged with unlawful discharge of firearms and released on $500 bond with a court appearance scheduled for September 7.

Rangs September 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Rose/Dale, I'm going to try and make this very simple for you since you don't seem to get it. He was arrested based on the STATE LAW. The STATE LAW (53-203; Unlawful discharge of firearms) that was enacted by the CT LEGISLATURE. I don't know why you keep referring to a "law in Brookfield", but since what he did is against CT STATE LAW then it ALSO a law in Brookfield. Last time I checked Brookfield was still a part of CT. Example: Does Brookfield have a Town Ordanance against driving and using a cell phone without a hands free device? No? So does that mean you can't get a ticket for it in the Brookfield Town limits? Oh that's right you can because its a STATE LAW, just like this. Side note: Cops do not legally need permission to walk onto your property when there is a report of shots fired. It falls under the interest of public safety. Brush up on your law.
Robert S September 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I think people should listen to Mr. Funk. I feel sorry for Bobby that he has to have his name dragged into the public when he is NOT convicted and may never be. He should fight this charge against him. Assuming the correct law was cited, which includes, "...likely to cause bodily injury..." The word "likely" was put in there for a reason. It doesn't mean "possibly", it means "probably". It doesn't mean "let's imagine", nor "if", nor "what if". It is not something merely hypothetical. It means LIKELY under those particular circumstances that the gun was actually fired. There is simply no way this man was breaking the law in his careful use of that 22. Look in the books shortly after that law was enacted and look at who was actually convicted for what, and you should see what I mean.
Brookfield Resident September 02, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Wow, I guess I haven't met many people who want to pay more taxes, but if you do, there are ways to voluntarily pay more. Do you even pay taxes in this town? Yes, I guess you can group me in that category of people who are opposed to raising taxes. Oh yes, I do support gun rights too, so I am in the "same category" I guess.
John Hawley September 03, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Maybe we should contact The Comedy Channel. These two have provided enough really funny material to give Jon Stewart a couple of shows. Perhaps the title could be "Gun Control" or Corbin's Law and Order...or not.
Lori September 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
To Brookfield Resident: I'm quite certain I pay more than you in taxes. Take a good look around Fairfield County. There are other towns paying hefty taxes on their homes, so don't complain. No one wants to see their taxes increase, but it's part of living in a great community and having a good school system. All of my kids have gone through the school system, and still are. So yes, I can afford to pay my taxes. Apparently, you are unable to.
Brookfield Resident September 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I applaud you on your apparent very significant wealth, and again, say that if you want to pay more in taxes, there are ways to voluntarily do so.
Lori September 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I don't need any applause. Hard work and sacrifice will get you everywhere. More importantly, I hope this situation with Bobby is resolved soon, and he can chalk this up as a lesson learned.
BuckWheat September 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Lori, dont you have a job or something to do
Longtime Brookfield resident September 04, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Lori - I simply am appalled at this post. Most people who have money dont need to broadcast this. I like to associate wealthy educated people with class. Obviously this missed the mark with you. As a resident of brookfield for 50 years and as well as my family has lived here for over 85 years we really dont want you or your tax dollars here in brookfield - Please move to Greenwich where your dollars maybe more appreciated
David Propper September 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Can we all avoid making unsupported allegations or projecting motivations on other people’s words during these upcoming months? It gets people on the defensive and does not promote a healthy dialogue.
Lori September 04, 2012 at 11:15 PM
To Longtime Resident: No one said anything about broadcasting their wealth. I work for everything that I have and proud of it. No one likes to have their taxes raised...but it's reality and it does unfortunately occur. No one should be telling anyone where they should spend their tax dollars. That's ridiculous. I take pride in having all my children go through our school system and support our teachers and students by allowing my vote to be heard when approving the budget. So, don't tell me where I should be spending my hard earned tax dollars. I'm quite certain you , on the other hand, along with "Buckwheat", have a huge sign on your lawn that says VOTE NO. Enough said.
Steven DeVaux September 05, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Support free speech in America. Don't let people project their insecurities on your constitutionally guaranteed right to express your opinion and isn't against any law. Too many people want to tell others what to say/do/think. Support American values that promote discourse. Nobody should tell you if you're healthy or not except your doctor.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 05, 2012 at 02:24 AM
So to sum it up "A Gun shot was heard, which normally does not occur in suburbia, and the Police responded " and then people commented.
Brookfield Resident September 05, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I have come to realize that any statement following the words "quite certain" is pure conjecture when posted by certain commenters here.
Andrew Turkenkopf September 05, 2012 at 02:44 AM
And ;.. . . it begins again
Bobby Caselnova September 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Thanks Mr. Funk, as well as Robert S. and everyone else who didn't judge me. You brought up good points about the literal text of the law and I will be using that in my defense, as the shots were not "likely" to cause damage to people or property, that was only a (very small) possibility if I missed my intended target by several dozen feet (which I don't ever). Let me give some background info about myself since some people in this town seem very quick to judge others once they've been arrested. I'm 19 years old as the article states, and a graduate of Brookfield High class of 2011. I grew up around guns, as my father was a federally licensed firearms dealer for 36 years as well as a certified pistol safety instructor. I was taught a very high level of respect and safety for guns since I was very little. I shot my first firearm at 4 years old, and by the time I was 12 years old I could place shots within a 1/2 inch group at 200 yards (gun control). I learned guns inside and out and started doing minor gunsmithing in my dad's shop at 13, and learned more and more until my knowledge even surpassed my father's and I eventually became a skilled gunsmith and machinist relating to work on firearms. I have expert knowledge of the workings of military guns such as AR's, M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, Colt 1911's and related pistols, as well as many others. I am not a perfect person, but I am not a criminal either. I am on the side of the law, and I am a current criminal justice student
Brookfield Resident September 06, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Bobby - I feel bad for (and very much sympathize with) your situation, and obviously you are a very experienced gun owner, and a good shot. But please take Mr. Funk's advice and don't defend yourself HERE on this public forum. I need to take my own advice and not get caught up in these things, so I understand the temptation. But for you, especially as a criminal justice student (with a potential future in law enforcement, if that is what you ever decide to pursue), it is very important that you get appropriate legal counsel so this is not on your record and does not impact your future. The court of public opinion matters little here, so don't take the bait. I wish you all the best in this.
Fairfield Resident September 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guns are BAD!!!!!! People shouldn't drive cars either. Cars KILL!!!!!! Get over yourself.
Bobby Caselnova September 06, 2012 at 03:33 AM
(continued) at Naugatuck Valley Community College, and I hope to become a police officer one day. If that doesn't work out, I could easily be a gunsmith for a living as it is what I have known and loved my whole life. More recently I've actually been thinking of doing that instead because I know as a cop I'd be put in positions where I'd have to follow orders and go against my heart and possibly screw someone's life up when they didn't deserve it, and as I grow older it becomes harder and harder to go against my heart. The only reason I ever wanted to be a cop anyways is to help people, as I believe the job of the police is what every good and able citizen should be doing, and I thought that since I physically and mentally could help my community, I should. I'm really not a bad guy at all; I'm not religious but I am spiritual, and I firmly believe that all humans on earth are brothers and sisters and should work together in life. That said, I would never hurt anybody unless it was absolutely necessary to defend myself or others from an aggressor. I'm very forgiving because I've screwed up and done things that I'm not proud of and am sorry for countless times, so I completely understand others when they are genuinely sorry for things they have done in the past even if they have harmed me. Life is a never ending learning process and screwing up is part of that, we all do it so I can't hold that against anyone if they are sorry for it. As they say, hate the sin, love the sinner.
Bobby Caselnova September 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
To Brookfield Resident, thanks for the advice and sympathy, but I wouldn't try to defend myself here on the Patch, that's for court. Just giving a little background info on myself to the people on here reading and judging. Notice I didn't comment on the actual case after reading Mr. Funk's advice. Thanks for the concern though! Best Regards -Bobby
ts September 06, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Let's keep in mind that Bobby is still a teenager and teens (and young adults) are more likely to do things impulsively regardless of possible repercussions. It is a developmental fact. his is how bad things happen and livs are lost or ruined. This is certainly not the first time police have been summoned to his home which may or may not be an indication of other issues. Particularly in light of recent tragedies in our country, we all need to be acutely aware of these kinds of things and support some prophylactic measures. I think the arrest was appropriate and it is my hope that the judge is creative enough to request a psych eval and order any appropriate follow up. This should not be about punishing Bobby as it should be about ensuring he is ok and not a risk and guiding him back to the correct path with follow up for a decent period of time. To me, it is clearly the best intervention for Bobby and the community.
ts September 06, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I would also like to say that may of us know Bobby in this community. He went through Brookfield schools with our kids. He is a young man with superior intelligence that seems to get lost sometimes. Bobby has great potential and I hope he takes this seriously and uses it as a learning experience. He needs to redirect that intelligence to a productive path that will benefit all of us some day. Good luck Bobby
Brookfield Resident September 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Yes... lets all undergo psych evals and let the government decide if we are competent. Maybe all those declared by the government to be not competent should be declared unable to vote. The road to tyrany starts with apparent well-meaning efforts like this...
Rosemarie & Dale Corbin September 06, 2012 at 01:38 PM
If someone is constantly calling to police to complain about Bobby it might be a good idea to check out the complainer. My brother inlaw was the victim of a neighbor who was always trying to controll of the people in the neighborhood. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Ridley-Township-Shooting-Snow-132505983.html
michael delvalle September 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
About 12 years ago, when I first moved here and my children was very small I heard shots coming from the woods behind my house. My children and my dog were playing in the yard, I called them in and called the police. Imagine my surprise when the officer showed up and said "I'm not required to put myself in dangerous situation, and will not investigate where the shots are coming from". Then she just left. My husband went back into the woods, and discovered it was a neighbor shooting targets. The neighbor apologised for the scare, and showed my husband everything was safe. We then asked him to just let us know when he was going to target practice so we could keep the children and pets inside, as nothing is safe enough for me. I still remember how the officer wouldn't even get out of the car.
Brookfield September 06, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Lori, not every Brookfield resident is here for the same reasons. Some families have been in this community for generations. The problem is so many of you newcomers think that the function of this community is to spend lavishly to improve your property values so you can just sell out and abandon the town once again for your next venture. This may never have occurred to you, but there are homeowners in Brookfield who are retirees on fixed-incomes. These are the people who actually built the community that you moved to - and they have a right to not want to pay higher taxes to educate your children. Many have no intentions on selling out and moving like so many who come through here -these are their homes and have been their homes for many more years than you have been here. I am for the school budgets myself, but we shouldn't be ignorant that people have different interests. Not everyone opposed to yours is "unable to pay their taxes." I'm glad you are convinced you pay more taxes than everyone else and are on here gloating about it. It means you will leave one day -to spread your bs to some other town.
Robert S September 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
ts, what you just wrote is like something out of Stalinist Russia. Those aren't American principles of justice. Just around the corner everyone will be afraid to make an angry face while mentioning the word "Obama", and you will be hauled in for a slew of charges of INTENT to do this and that. It's coming, and I am afraid, ts, you are fitting right in with the modern unAmerican mentality that is helping destroy the nation. People allow themselves to get worked up by the Mass Media they negligently expose themselves to, and pile up all the regionally distant incidences into one pile on their brains, and then in a sort of frenzy take it out on any circumstance that somehow relates to it - "just in case". It's a sickness, perhaps a phobia - fear of hypothetical possibilities. The law says nothing about age in this matter, nor about statistics around the nation. The law says you can shoot "safely" on your own property, which this man did. The neighbor failed. You are supposed to report something if you have probable cause to think the law is being violated. The neighbor heard shooting and perhaps saw a gun, which are not reasons to call the police. The police should have know better than to ignore that there was no probable cause and give the false impression the neighbor acted correctly. Bobby's rights were violated.
Steven DeVaux September 07, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Ain't America great or what?
Steven DeVaux September 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Chow mein September 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The state law is designed for the dangerous discharge of firearms. Doesn't seem that the criteria for dangerous were met. Not everything that goes pop is dangerous. Local ordinances would decide if safe target shooting is permitted, zoned, or forbidden.


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