“Shoot me and watch me bleed out slow” Says the Victim of a Preston Man

Police responded to an active disturbance at 9:37 p.m. in Preston Tuesday night. When they arrived at the scene, they were told that Bruce Ezell, a wheelchair-bound gentlemen who had previously been committed for mental health evaluations, had threatened to shoot a victim. They removed the victim from the household and searched Ezell and his wheelchair for weapons. The officers found a .45-caliber pistol under his pillow in the bedroom. As the police started getting the full story, it became known the female victim was attacked by Ezell over money, and when she didn’t abide by his wishes, he said was going to “shot me and watch me bleed out slow.” This is all after another incident earlier in the month when the same victim was being held around the throat by Ezell and she tried to call 911. He told her, “Call 911 and I’ll put my hand through your skull before they can even get here.”

Ezell was charged with interfering with an officer, disorderly conduct, interfering with a 911 call, third-degree assault, first-degree threatening, threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree strangulation. He was held on a $75,000 bond pending a scheduled arraignment Thursday in Norwich Superior Court.

Ezell was transported Tuesday to the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich for an emergency committal evaluation.