A 41-year-old Westminster man who said he fired his rifle repeatedly to celebrate the beginning of deer-hunting season tied up Westminster and state police officers for nearly two hours early yesterday morning.
Thomas Donald Carmine of the 200 block of Westminster Avenue began shooting his .223-caliber hunting rifle into the woods near his house about 2:20 a.m., police said.
As officers arrived, Mr. Carmine, still outside, continued firing shots, police said. Officer Scott Mitchell, who was behind Mr. Carmine's house, then saw him walking around his living room.
Nearly a dozen Westminster and state police officers surrounded the house. Police reported hearing several more shots from inside.
Mr. Carmine was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. after Officer Mitchell entered the home through an unlocked window. The officer found Mr. Carmine asleep on the living room sofa. The gun was in a nearby bedroom.
Mr. Carmine was charged with three misdemeanors -- disorderly intoxication, discharging a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment.
He was taken before a District Court commissioner yesterday and released without having to pay bond.