PD: Suspect in several Southington shooting incidents taken into custody on Arrigoni Bridge after pursuit

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A man was taken into custody after Southington Police believe he shot at several buildings Sunday night.

The man was been identified as 74-year-old Douglas Floyd Gollnick of Plantsville.

It all started at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Southington Police said they received a series of calls in a span of two hours about these incidents. They said they responded to two homes, a doctor’s office, and a church.

Police said 16 shots were fired at the first home on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Minutes later, at around 7:13 p.m., shots were fired at a different home on North Star Drive. Both residences were occupied at the time of the shooting.

At 7:39 p.m., police received an alarm call from Hartford HealthCare of glass breaking at an office on Meriden Avenue. At 8:54 p.m., A church member reported shots fired at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; police believe that shooting occurred earlier.

When police arrived at the address on Meriden Avenue, a Hartford HealthCare Medical Group primary care office, they caught up with the suspect. As officers tried to set up a perimeter around the building, police said shots were being fired behind the building. 

Southington Police, along with Connecticut State Police and other local departments, said they pursued Gollnick on Interstate 691 onto Route 66 into Middletown.

The chase came to an end when police had to deploy a tire deflation device. Gollnick was taken into custody on the Arrigoni Bridge. Police seized a .22 caliber rifle and other evidence from his car. 

Two Southington Police cruisers sustained damage in the pursuit, but no one in any of the incidents was injured. Southington Police and Connecticut State Police Major Crimes are investigating.

Gollnick is at the hospital at this time and will be charged with multiple counts once he is brought to the Southington Police Department:

  • Charges pending for Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike residence; investigation ongoing
  • North Star Drive residence
    • Criminal Attempt / Assault 1st degree
    • Unlawful discharge
    • Reckless Endangerment
    • Criminal Use of a firearm
    • Criminal Mischief 1st degree
    • $250,000 BOND
  • Hartford HealthCare office on Meriden Ave.
    • Unlawful discharge
    • Reckless Endangerment
    • Criminal Use of a firearm
    • Criminal Mischief 1st degree
    • Interfering with officer
    • Engaging in pursuit
    • $250,000 BOND
  • Charges pending for the Waterbury Turnpike Church; investigation ongoing

Police reported Monday, May 31, they are investigating two additional locations.

Police add that Gollnick is possibly linked to other shootings in other communities, including Bristol.

RELATED: Residents, business owners relieved suspect accused of shooting at buildings in Southington, Cromwell is in custody

Southington, working in cooperation with the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad, Cromwell Police, Bristol Police, and the State Capital Police, continue to investigate, and additional charges are anticipated. 

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