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Police following tips in shootings

Few new details after DPW, home hit

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • One of the six bullets fired at the Wilton Department of Public Works building and town vehicles earlier this month pierced through one of the building's windows, leaving it damaged.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    One of the six bullets fired at the Wilton Department of Public Works building and town vehicles earlier this month pierced through one of the building's windows, leaving it damaged.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • One of the six bullets fired at the Wilton Department of Public Works building and town vehicles earlier this month pierced through one of the building's windows, leaving it damaged.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Damage was caused to the town Department of Public Works building and town vehicles when an unknown shooter fired at the building earlier this month.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

WILTON — Police are still following up on public tips in their search for those behind a recent shooting that damaged multiple town vehicles and the local Department of Public Works building, as well as a residence near the town line in Milford.

The damage is the result of what police still believe was a random shooting that occurred on June 9. And the DPW building was not the only target. On the same stretch of road, on Whiting Hill Road in Milford, three shots penetrated the home of Judi and Robert Farr at 11:25 p.m.. The two were home at the time of the shooting, but neither were injured, although the damage could cost thousands of dollars to fix, according to Judi Farr in an interview following the incident. The Farrs called 911 to report the shooting. While searching the area, Wilton police found that the DPW building, just down the road from the Farr residence, had also been hit by bullets.

The DPW building was closed for the night and was empty. At least six shots were fired into the building, according to police, damaging the garage door and breaking a window. There were also multiple vehicles that were damaged. Three town-owned pickup trucks and a sidewalk tractor parked outside the building had bullet holes and a bullet had broken a window on one of the vehicles. While the town does carry insurance through the Local Government Center, the town will likely be handling the repair work in-house, according to Select Board Chair Dan Donovan in an interview Friday. The deductible the town would have to pay to have the repairs covered by insurance make it the cheaper option to have the work done by town employees, he said. The town does not have an official estimate for the damages, but it is likely in the thousands, he said.

Judi Farr said in an interview Monday that the couple had not finished repairs to their home, and were still waiting on final estimates for the cost to replace the damaged windows, door and portions of the house siding. The early estimates place the damage at between $4,000 and $5,000, she said. Some of that cost will be covered by homeowner’s insurance, she said.

Police believe that the same individual shot at both buildings, but they do not believe the buildings were targeted for a specific reason, and there does not appear to be any connection between the two, aside from the fact that they are about a tenth of a mile apart, police said.

Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen said in an interview Tuesday that the Wilton Police Department is still actively working with Milford on the investigation, but said he could not comment further.

“I can say we have received tips from residents of some suspicious activity in the area that we have been able to follow through on,” Hautanen said. “But most of it was not related to the shootings.”

Milford Police Capt. Chris Nervik also said Tuesday that the Milford department was actively following leads generated by tips given by the public. “By getting the info out to the media, it certainly got some leads,” he said. “Our detectives are actively working those leads and the investigation.” Nervik said the investigation was not at a point he could comment further.

“They’re still investigating or building the case,” said Farr on Monday of the investigation. “We’ve just got to take a back seat and wait for them to do their job properly. I think until they make an arrest they can’t tip their hat, and I wouldn’t want them to. I think in this case, silence is golden.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Police at 249-0630 or Wilton Police at 654-0952.

Both police departments also have tip lines on their websites at www.milfordpd.com and tips@wiltonnhpd.com.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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