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Priest fined for shooting starter pistol

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Catholic priest has been fined for firing a starter pistol in jest in Connecticut.

The Rev. Daniel Lynch pleaded guilty in a Bridgeport court Friday to a reduced charge of creating a public disturbance and was fined $90, the Connecticut Post reported.

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Lynch, 62, of Takoma Park, Md., has been a priest for nearly 40 years and had no criminal record. He was tackled by police and arrested Sept. 18 after neighbors complained he was firing a gun at another man.

Police said neighbors reported a man firing a handgun. Officers surrounded the house and burst in as Lynch yelled, "It's not a real gun." They tackled Lynch and Thomas Naylor, 52, forcing them to the floor, police said.

Police said they found what seemed to be a revolver but turned out to be a starter pistol.

Lynch was charged with illegal use of a facsimile firearm and second-degree breach of peace.

Lynch's lawyer, Robert Photos, said Lynch had been staying with his sister and decided to play a prank on Naylor, a old friend, with the pistol. He said the men were laughing about it when police barged in.

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