University of Connecticut police charged a student with carrying a fake gun after tense moments in which officers drew their weapons.
Police said Dew Jones Rosado, 19, of Waterbury carried a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun in a dormitory late Tuesday. They said a resident called to report that a student had a handgun in the building.
Officers asked Rosado to put the weapon down, police said.
“There was some hesitation and police officers did withdraw their firearms from the holsters,” Police Major Ronald Blicher told The Daily Campus, UConn’s student newspaper.
Residents said Rosado was tackled by officers and arrested on the third floor of Brien S. McMahon Hall.
Rosado was charged with breach of peace and was being held on $500 bond. He is due in Rockville Superior Court on Oct. 22.