Fairhaven man accused of making threat with handgun

Fairhaven firearm suspect Brandyn Arruda

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — A Fairhaven man was arrested over the weekend after police said he pointed a handgun at another man outside a bar.

Town police said they were monitoring the crowd exiting the Bridge Street bar at about 2 a.m. when someone reported that a man in a grey pickup truck had just brandished a handgun at him.

When an officer located and attempted to pull over the truck, the driver continued down Green Street, according to police.

The truck eventually stopped and police said they ordered the two occupants to exit the vehicle.

After a search turned up empty, the driver informed the officers that the firearm was thrown from the vehicle. It was later found near the entrance to the track at Cushman Park, according to police.

Police said the 9mm H&K P30SK was legally owned by the driver, identified as Brandyn Arruda.

Arruda, 22, was taken into custody and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, interfering with police, disorderly conduct, and failing to stop for police.

He was arraigned Monday and his gun license, which police said had been issued four months prior, was suspended.

The passenger, a 22-year-old man, was not charged.