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Mattituck man charged in gun incident near school pleads guilty


A Mattituck man arrested in connection with a gunshot incident that put nearby Mattituck High School on lockdown last October pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge and was fined, according a Southold Town court clerk.

Edward Hug was arrested on Oct. 19, 2015, two weeks after a report of possible gunshots in the neighboring area forced Mattituck school administrators to suspend a girls soccer game and clear the high school campus. Students were allowed to return home after police searched the area “door-to-door” to find the source of the gunshots, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said at the time.

Police said Mr. Hug had fired a shotgun while pointing it skyward. He was home alone at the time of the incident, the chief said.

Mr. Hug, then 28 years old, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapons, a misdemeanor charge, due to a previous felony conviction. He pleaded guilty to the charge Friday before Town Justice Brian Hughes and was sentenced to pay a fine, according to the court.

The details of his fine were not immediately available. Mr. Hug is due back in court on July 8 to pay the fine and a court surcharge.

Mattituck High School had previously been involved in a shooting incident six years before, when a student suffered minor injuries when fragments from a bullet — which was fired through a classroom window by a 29-year-old neighbor of the school — grazed her, authorities said at the time. The man had accidentally fired the .22 caliber rifle while cleaning the gun at home.

Photo credit: Southold Town Police Department