Gun, explosives case towards Milford man ‘blown utterly out of proportion,’ lawyer says

MILFORD — A Railroad Avenue man arrested on gun and explosives charges after allegedly threatening to blow up his apartment building is doing well in psychiatric care and isn’t a threat, a lawyer representing him said Wednesday.

Zachary Gallipoli, 32, was in court in connection to a Sept. 21 incident which prompted a seven-hour police standoff, after which he was taken into custody and treated in-patient at Yale Psychiatric Hospital for more than two weeks.

He faces charges of illegal possession of an assault rifle, explosives, and large capacity magazines for alleged bomb-making materials police found in his apartment after the standoff.

An arrest warrant in that case said that that Gallipoli “possessed enough material and the required components to assemble a working explosive device/bomb.”

“A Connecticut state police bomb squad explosives test was conducted on some of the seized evidence and this test was positive for explosive materials,” Detective Sgt. Douglass Youd wrote in the warrant.

Police said Gallipoli told them he wouldn’t hurt anyone and later found a note on his phone in which he allegedly wrote that the explosive materials were for making rockets.

His lawyer in the case, William Gerace, wasn’t in court Wednesday — and declined to go into the specifics of the case when reached by phone — but said the incident “was blown completely out of proportion.”

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