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Cops: Mattituck man charged with firing shotgun near high school

10/20/2015 5:04 PM |

Southold Town police arrested a 28-year-old man on weapons charges Monday, nearly two weeks after Mattituck High School’s campus was cleared following a report of possible gun shots in the neighboring area.

Edward Hug, 28, allegedly fired “several rounds from a shotgun” in his yard on Pike Street in Mattituck that evening, according to a Southold Town police press release. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and illegal discharge of a firearm, and released on $200 bail.

Police Chief Martin Flatley said it’s “unknown if [Mr. Hug] was intoxicated at the time” he fired the gun, which was pointed skyward. He was home alone at the time, the chief said.

The athletic fields at the high school were evacuated that evening  and students were brought into the building until police deemed the area safe again, police said.

Mattituck’s girls soccer team was playing Pierson/Bridgehampton in a “Coaches vs. Cancer” fundraiser game when the incident occurred .The lockdown lasted about 30 minutes before administrators decided to suspend the game and close the campus, superintendent Anne Smith said at the time of the incident.

This is not Mr. Hug’s first arrest. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs in 2011, according to the Riverhead News-Review.

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