Paintball fight leads to drug, weapons charges

Published on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:50
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN – A city man drew the attention of police after he and a teen engaged in a paintball fight on Arch Street late Saturday as his car parked nearby had two loaded guns and a variety of illegal drugs inside, reports said.

Witnesses called police at about 11 p.m. to report that two men, later identified as Maurice McKeever McCoy, 20, of 54 Jones Drive, and a 17-year-old, were shooting each other with paintball guns in the area of 640 Arch St., Capt. Jeanette Portalatin said.

Responding officers easily spotted the pair since their clothes were covered with paint, Portalatin said.

Their car was searched after police smelled marijuana in the vehicle, Portalatin said. Inside officers found 492 grams of marijuana, eight grams of crack cocaine, two loaded .22 caliber handguns, PCP, THC oil and liquor, reports said.

McKeever McCoy was charged with second-degree breach of peace, two counts of possession of narcotics, possession of a hallucinogen, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession with intent to sell, possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, third-degree criminal mischief and he was issued a city ordinance violation for shooting the paintball gun within city limits.

He was released after posting bond and will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court in the next few weeks.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:50. Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:53.