Correctional officer charged with pulling handgun on Dartmouth man

NEW BEDFORD — A state correctional officer was held in jail overnight to face a dangerousness hearing today on charges he pulled a gun on a man he believed was having a relationship with his estranged wife.

Joseph Williams, 37, of 558 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, was arrested Wednesday night after police received a 911 call from the Pinnacle Health and Fitness parking lot in Dartmouth.

A man told police Mr. Williams pointed a handgun at him while they were arguing in the parking lot. The man said the defendant told him to “stay away from my wife or I’ll kill you,” court records said.

Mr. Williams told police he brandished his gun because the man kept walking up to him. Police seized a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun from the defendant’s home, court records said.

Mr. Williams was arraigned Thursday in New Bedford District Court on charges that include assault with a dangerous weapon, threats to commit murder, and carrying a firearm without a license.

According to court records, Mr. Williams is a state correctional officer. It was not immediately available which prison he has been stationed at or what his current employment status is.


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