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Wayne PD: Drunken Man Who Fired Shotgun In Backyard Overnight Lands In Jail

James E. McCullough
James E. McCullough Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy WAYNE PD

WAYNE, N.J. -- A drunken Wayne man had to be disarmed by family members after he fired a shotgun outside his house in the middle of the night, rattling neighbors, authorities said Friday.

Corps. Barry Weiser and Detective Kenneth Hart found 25-year-old James E. McCullough "highly intoxicated" after responding to the Chestnut Drive home just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, Capt. Laurence Martin said.

After finding two spent BUCK 12/20 gauge shells in the backyard, they arrested McCullough on illegal weapons possession charges, as well as simple assault and discharging a weapon within township limits, he said.

They also seized several boxes of ammunition and a bar of brass knuckles, Martin said.

A judge ordered McCullough held in the Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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