OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) - A Wolcott man and the brother of a former Massachusetts Senator was arrested for impersonating a police officer Thursday after being spotted in an Old Lyme community wearing military clothing and carrying a gun, police said.
The incident happened just before 6:30 p.m., at Point O Woods Beach in Old Lyme.
At that time, police received a call from a resident reporting that a white man, later identified as Bruce W. Browne, wearing military-type clothing was walking on Sea View Dr. with a gun.
Wolcott Chief Edward Stephens told the Associated Press that Browne is former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown's brother. He could not explain why their last names are spelled differently.
Police said the caller also reported that the same man was seen earlier operating what she described as a "police-type vehicle."
Upon arrival, police located a 2004 blue Crown Victoria at Sea View Dr. According to police, the vehicle was equipped with what appeared to be a disc and antennas mounted on the trunk, and hide-away lights.
After speaking with several occupants at the residence, 46-year-old Browne stated that he was the registered owner of the vehicle.
Police said Browne was wearing blue BDU-type pants, and upon questioning, admitted to walking on Sea View Dr. wearing a black nylon gun belt with a loaded 9mm pistol in a holster.
Additionally, police said in plain view in his vehicle were three loaded 9mm handguns, a black nylon duty belt with two sets of handcuffs, 12 fully loaded magazines with a total of 101 hollow point and 102 ball 9mm bullets. Browne also had a black tactical bullet proof vest with the word POLICE embroidered on the front and back, and a silver metal TSA badge attached to the front.
After investigating, police determined that Browne had also commandeered a boat earlier in the day by identifying himself as a "Police/Coast Guard" official.
Police said Browne stopped three separate vessels off the shore of Point O Woods. During the stops, he asked boaters for their registrations and boater safety certificates.
According to police, Browne also had an expired Coast Guard identification card belonging to him back when he was a reserve member.
After contacting TSA and Coast Guard officials, it was determined that Browne is not affiliated with either agency.
Browne, of 42 Woodgate Dr., Wolcott, was charged with impersonating a police officer, breach of peace, interfering with a police officer, and possession of a dangerous weapon in a motor vehicle.
He was released on a $50,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on August 22nd.