Lewes man arrested on weapons charges

LEWES – Delaware State Police arrested a Lewes man on weapons charges stemming from an incident Tuesday evening that resulted in precautionary evacuation at an apartment complex in the Villages of Five Points.

Michael Gallo

Michael Gallo, 33, was charged with three counts of aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Gallo was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $24,000 unsecured bond.

Troopers at about 6:13 p.m. Feb. 27 were dispatched to the 17000 block of North Brandt Street for a report of a subject armed with a handgun. Troopers were informed that the subject had approached several residents and was acting in a strange and erratic manner while displaying a firearm.

Authorities established a perimeter around the building and confirmation was made that the subject, later identified as Michael Gallo, lived in a third-floor apartment.

As a precautionary, residents on the second and third floors of the apartment building were evacuated.  Assistance was also provided by the Lewes Fire Police in closing down Old Orchard Road and all access roads leading to the apartment building.

After a short while, the suspect exited his apartment wearing what was later identified to be a replica Ghostbusters “Proton Pack” strapped to his back.

Gallo was taken into custody without incident.  Located inside of his apartment was a Ruger 9mm handgun.  No injuries were reported.

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