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Firefighter Had 29 Unsecured Guns, Thousands of Rounds of Ammunition in Kid's Bedroom: Cops

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    Michael Patterson, a Hartford firefighter, has been charged after police said they found more than two dozen unsecured guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his house while a child was present. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013)

    Hartford police arrested a city firefighter after finding dozens of unsecured guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in a child's bedroom, police said.

    Police arrested Lt. Michael Patterson, a 16-year-veteran of the department, on Tuesday morning after responding to a domestic dispute at his Canaan Street home.

    Investigators said they found 29 unsecured guns out in the open, as well as the ammunition and most of the weapons were piled on top of a child's bed.

    A 7-year-old and a teenager were inside the home when the guns were found out in the open, officials said.

    "All city employees have a sense of responsibility for the city and a sense of safety for the city," said Hartford City Councilman Kyle Anderson. "I think it's a double black eye for the city."

    Police said Patterson has additional firearms and was registering them in different states to get around Connecticut's gun laws. 

    Investigators are trying to locate those weapons. Police said they found some in a house in Bloomfield and there are some in South Carolina.

    Patterson, who was charged with 29 counts of risk of injury to a minor as well as additional charges, is cooperating with investigators, police said.

    He has been placed on administrative leave and is due in court today.