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Police: Man Threatened to Shoot Co-Workers in Farmington; 16 Guns Found in His Home

Torrington man is free on $250,000 bond.

A Torrington man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot a number of people at his Farmington workplace earlier this week.

According to police, Robert Zordan, 53, of Torrington, became angry and stormed out of a meeting at Connecticut Spring and Stamping, where he worked. A friend of his, who also worked at the Spring Lane manufacturing company, later called to check on Zordan, Lt. Marshall Porter of the Farmington police said.

It was in that conversation that Zordan told the friend he would return to work and shoot his co-workers, Porter said.

“He allegedly said to the friend that he was going to go back to work and use his .40 to shoot a bunch of people. He told the friend he’d be okay – that he wouldn’t shoot him – and asked him if there was anyone he’d like him to shoot,” Porter said.

The friend reported the conversation to his supervisor at work, who called Farmington Police, Porter said.

Farmington Police then worked with Torrington Police to get a warrant and search Zordan’s home, where they found and seized 16 guns, including an illegal assault rifle. The assault rifle was illegal, Porter said, because it had a few modifications, including a pistol grip and a telescoping stock.

Zordan turned himself in on a warrant for his arrest Tuesday afternoon and was charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening and possession of an illegal assault weapon. He posted $250,000 surety bond and was released from custody. Zordan is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8. 

According to the Waterbury Republican-American, Zordan was formerly safety commissioner of the Torrington Board of Public Safety. The public safety board is in charge of oversight of the Torrington Police Department and public safety issues, Torrington Police said. 

Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Thank you Ali. I sincerely hope people like you and me outnumber the minimizers showing up here.
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Charles that explains everything. I doubt anyone said your friend was at fault. Do you think if you had a gun in your home at the time that would have changed anything? Do you think it should have?
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I'd say in any day and age. Imagine say Tucson or Durango late 1800's. Guy makes a threat against someone, tells a friend he's going to shoot so and so next time he sees him. I expect the sheriff or marshal finds the guy who made the threat and at the very least confiscates his pistol. So, nothing new here.
Somebody Who Knows January 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Way to many of you have the story wrong. The story in the press is wrong and there only a very few that know the truth. The company won't say anything to the press and it's employees because they know they are on thin ice. They over reacted along with his "friend". Nobody "went home" and what was said is actually up for debate. Watch the story because it may become a big lawsuit for the company.
Bobby Bloom January 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Let's go then, "Somebody Who Knows". Give it up, what's the real story then? Come out as one with info then not say what it is... what a crock! Why should anyone believe you?

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