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Police: Man Threatened to Shoot Co-Workers in Farmington; 16 Guns Found in His Home

Torrington man is free on $250,000 bond.

A Torrington man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot a number of people at his Farmington workplace earlier this week.

According to police, Robert Zordan, 53, of Torrington, became angry and stormed out of a meeting at Connecticut Spring and Stamping, where he worked. A friend of his, who also worked at the Spring Lane manufacturing company, later called to check on Zordan, Lt. Marshall Porter of the Farmington police said.

It was in that conversation that Zordan told the friend he would return to work and shoot his co-workers, Porter said.

“He allegedly said to the friend that he was going to go back to work and use his .40 to shoot a bunch of people. He told the friend he’d be okay – that he wouldn’t shoot him – and asked him if there was anyone he’d like him to shoot,” Porter said.

The friend reported the conversation to his supervisor at work, who called Farmington Police, Porter said.

Farmington Police then worked with Torrington Police to get a warrant and search Zordan’s home, where they found and seized 16 guns, including an illegal assault rifle. The assault rifle was illegal, Porter said, because it had a few modifications, including a pistol grip and a telescoping stock.

Zordan turned himself in on a warrant for his arrest Tuesday afternoon and was charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening and possession of an illegal assault weapon. He posted $250,000 surety bond and was released from custody. Zordan is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8. 

According to the Waterbury Republican-American, Zordan was formerly safety commissioner of the Torrington Board of Public Safety. The public safety board is in charge of oversight of the Torrington Police Department and public safety issues, Torrington Police said. 

Bobby Bloom January 07, 2013 at 05:01 PM
"...said to the friend that he was going to go back to work and use his .40 to shoot a bunch of people. He told the friend he’d be okay – that he wouldn’t shoot him – and asked him if there was anyone he’d like him to shoot,” Mr Holton, in light of the comments by Zordan, yours is the MOST foolish position I have ever read in my life. It is Zordan who has flipped his life upside-down, not the poor friend who's been placed in an incredibly compromised position. Good for the friend for turning him in! Imagine having a conversation like that with a friend that obviously is known to be armed to the teeth and NOT reporting it, then having to carry the weight of knowing ahead of time after the carnage has occurred. The instant words like that come from someone's mouth, they become a SHOOTER and should be treated as such. The friend was SMART, Zordan is either a complete dumbass or mentally ill. Most likely he is both.
charles holton January 07, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Just to set the record strait-I was actually invoveld in a simular situation- told a freind of 10 years that I was upset about my girlfreinds 15 year old boy pounding on my door at 2 am on a work night! The kid was bi-polar and simply would not stop pounding on my bedroom door! Next day at work I knew i didnt want to talk about it with any-one.Just wanted to focus on my job and let the whole nightmare just fade .But my co- worker insisted even after telling her 3 times I didnt want to talk about it!So I tell her as a freind- what happened-told her i wished i could have shot that kid for pounding on my door at 2am-kid was a complete ungrafefull jerk!Well , she told her sister and she told someone else and before you know it-Im a mass murderer! I dont even own a gun- police ransacked everything I own-looking for a weapon- found nothing- They actually thought i was a decent guy and bought me coffe and a newspaper- State of Ct, found my freind to be at fault- told me I could sue for damages caused by her if i so choosed- all testimony of hers would be admissable- I declined- I had just recently saved her job-nice payback! All charges against me were nollied- When speaking "as a freind"especially during a stressfull event you may be held accountable for betraying that trust!!!!!!!!
Bobby Bloom January 08, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Big difference between your story and what Zordan did. He said he was going to shoot, not "I wish I could have...". He even went so far as to ask if the friend had any targets he could take care of. Clearly this crossed the line and I'd have done the same as the friend. Confiding "as a friend" only goes so far, after that you've put that person in a spot. Notice that Zordan's charges were not dropped.
charles holton January 08, 2013 at 12:48 AM
in my opion- the person most responsible for those muders in Sandy Hook is the well healed and well educated mother who failed to adeqatley secure her weapons . She knew her son wasnt someone who should have access to those guns and failed to safegaurd them from him-Had they been properly secured-that shooting would not have happened! If you own guns it is your utmost responsibilty to ensure they dont fall into the wrong hands-Do your have your weapons secure at all times?Can you say "trigger lock"?Security system? Gun safe? Hmmmmm food for thought! I was hired as a Correction Officer at Somers Maximum security prison- got there for orientation and they dont even allow prison guards to posses firearms inside the prison!!!!They are afraid it will get taken away from your and arm the prisoners! Really!!!!!!!!!!! Needless to say, I decided not to complete the training for that reason-but it illuminated my concerns of possesing firearms that could be turned against the owner or someone else-In my opinon i sleep better knowing there are no guns in my house-
Bobby Bloom January 08, 2013 at 12:56 AM
What does that have to do with this?
matt January 08, 2013 at 01:54 AM
in this day in age you cannot blow off steam and say you are going to shoot someone. A responsible sane gun owner would not do this. Though he may have been blowing off steam to a friend he still should never had said what he did. Its these types that "would never hurt a fly" that end up snapping.
charles holton January 08, 2013 at 07:39 AM
At last I have found the key to what appeared to be s misaligned response to this man's comments in private to a freind.In one the responses on this discussion someone clarified that his freind that called j was a woman- and that she should just have let it go but didn't.It has been my experience that men and even young boys can joke around and use harsh and sometimes offensive language describing their feelings- and the guys just laugh it off.But a woman will pull the"he threatened me I'm scared " .You can't talk like that around me!Well,Don't open the kettle if you can't handle the steam ladies!Once again a women poised as a man's "friend",starts pushing his buttons when he's already angry , then acccuses him of being threatning when she's the one initiating the issues!Does it get any more classic than this! Hmm,I wonder if she had an eye out on his position in the company for her or a friendof hers,what a perfect way to get him fired,arrested,ect.ect.or mabeyt just. Woman who should mind her own business especially since her efforts to comfort the man resulted rather to infuriated him instead! I truly feel sorry for this guy the more I learn qbout it.I'm sure she's sitting home and going to work like a heroes when actually she's probably the instigator and cause of any blow up that became seemingly irrational! Or out of charecter for this man, hope the judge and his attorneys are as astute in her bungling tactics to see this for what it is and nollie those charges
Bruce Silvernail January 08, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Ugh why not you GNUNHATING NAZI PUKE?!
Bruce Silvernail January 08, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Wat the hell r u talking about???!!!
Bruce Silvernail January 08, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Your a 2 faced gun owner is what you are. Its all heresay and you believe too much you've read.
Bruce Silvernail January 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM
They STOLE his DAM GUNS!!! It doesnt get any more serious than this! NAZI MORON! Thats his RIGHT! He even was arrested - and already guns TAKEN and heir was NO GUILT yet..! You dont see this as a problem, your a fool..
Bruce Silvernail January 08, 2013 at 07:59 PM
OMG~! Your the reason for the UNREASONABLE abuse of the 'judicial system'.. They do this thing called investigation!! They even robbed him of his guns.
Bruce Silvernail January 08, 2013 at 08:07 PM
WOW- I sure hope your on trial someday. You already know this mans guilt, Maybe a like minded Juror will judge you someday. Oh- also - he will NOT gun his guns back. THATS WRONG! It falls under another law we have here in corrupticut. As long as an investigation pends- police can hold your guns. Since investigations are indefinate they usually end up 'destroyed' in the meantime. Theyve done this to seven people I now. THATS WRONG! The Nazi Police abuse loopholes and tie in 3 laws at once even though legally only ONE can apply. Wait- I knwo ONE person who got his back. He had a friend in the ATF. I assure you- almost nobody will have the chance he did. Makes me sick!
Bobby Bloom January 08, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Getting in a little Trolling this week, are ya Chuck? Push as many people's buttons as possible till you get a flamefest goin... nice.
charles holton January 09, 2013 at 06:27 AM
One last comment.if the phone calls had been reversed,where he called her to say he was going back to shoot people and if there was anyone she like him to kill,made it clear he wasn't joking,I would say thanki God she did that in time! but this guy left work,without threating anyone,minding his own buisness,only to get s call from someone who obviously gained his trust,then proceeds to take this private conversation he certainly hopes would not be taken literally or shared with anyone else and screws him over! My guess is he was trying to raise an eyebrow and get a laugh from her or at some level found it enjoyable to or comforting to discuss horrible things that he could do to someone that had infuriated him at work,not that it was what he was going to do!BUT BY TALKING TO SUPPOSED FRIEND,HE WOULD BE SAFE TO SAY THINGS THAT AREN'T TO BE REPEATED OR TAKEN LITTERALLY OR TAKEN THE WRONG WAY-OR HELD AGAINST HIM. I'm certain if she's found to have misrepresented anything that he said or its intended meaning she could face hefty restitution or jail time.and I hope she gets it if that's the case..Stay safe,and God Bless.
David Dunn January 09, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Chuck, let it go. Nothing in any conversation he had with her is privileged or confidential. All your suppositions are just hot air. In these days there are certain things you just don't say out loud to anyone. Don't think so? Go down to the airport and yell out to someone, "Hi Jack!". Really, YOU go do that. Right now.
karen January 09, 2013 at 02:07 PM
To my way of thinking, anyone who is arrested for a threat like this should be arrested and then immediately be placed in custody for a mental evaluation before any kind of bail can be set. Perhaps he meant it, perhaps not... but he should not be let loose before a full evaluation is completed. This should be the minimum price of making such a threat.
charles holton January 10, 2013 at 07:11 AM
I have real faith in the integrity and intelligence in of many capable people working in our justice system.great respect for those in law enforcement,I hope that justice will truly be sever in this case.Honestly,my gut tells me his "freind pushed his buttons and she new Jr was upset,I seriously question her motives and truly appail the results.I feel he was most likely betrayed by someone posingi as his freind and was instead and instigator and conspirater t happened to me and after a meticulous investigation my accusers were proven to be conspirators and outright liars by the State of Ct.who made it clear they pissed enough evidence to win me sizable compensation through the courts.I thank the state of Ct. For clearing my name and exposing these wretched women who lied to everyone about what I said...
charles holton January 10, 2013 at 07:33 AM
I d like to note, It was a intelligent and persistant women working as a state ivestigator that exposed the lies these women fabricated against me and who offer to president litigation in my behalf,God bless her dedication and proffesionalism,last comment God Bless and wish all a happy new year.
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM
John, you can't be serious. But I'm afraid you are. Tell us this sir, what line would someone have to cross to get your attention? Locked, loaded, in the car, wearing a vest, on the way to his work place?
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Adam, you are being legalistic here. Are you calling the threats "hearsay" and assuming because the friend who reported this was himself not threatened that the friend has no legal standing? That's utter nonsense. The setting is irrlevant, private, public, on-line, by telephone, you name it. The man who reported it recognized a moral obligation and did the absolutely responsible thing. I don't like to deal in absolutes, but I feel comfortable and perfectly correct in saying anyone who objects to what the reporting party did here is disturbingly irresponsible.
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Yes he is innocent until proven guilty. So would Adam Lanza have been had he not killed himself. Question I have for everyone second guessing what has been done thus far, is what would you all do? There's a threat, the guy has guns, and there seems to be a hint of motivation perhaps stemming from an argument at work. Add all that up and please give us a course of action....
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Hi EH Mom, Your comments are certainly well taken by me. Our fellow poster Saul Freedman asks "what the NRA has to do with this story." I wonder if he is trying to be ironic. Yes the NRA did propose that "volunteers" of various stripes could be recruited for placement in schools armed with firearms. So obviously your plea makes perfect sense to anyone who can think this through. And it should make sense in logical terms whether one agrees with you or not. No leap here Mr Freedman.
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Charles you may be a great guy but you are way off base. Read David Dunn's comment below. It's become part of the national lexicon to say "everyone said he was a quiet man." How often have we heard that in the aftermath of work related or other killings (e.g. "going postal.") I have to ask you and some of the others here "where have you been, man?"
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Hey Charles the ice is getting thinner. How much imagining do you want us to do? Let's stick to the reality of what happened. Tell you what...why don't you imagine you go to work tomorrow and tell a friend at work you are fed up and are going to come in and shoot the place up. Pick your best friend at work to tell this to. Se how he reacts. You think he'll laugh? Be sure to look him square in the face. I say no one who is really sane makes comments like this. So the burden of proof will be for this fellow to prove he is not a threat. He already crossed the line.
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Thank you Ali. I sincerely hope people like you and me outnumber the minimizers showing up here.
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Charles that explains everything. I doubt anyone said your friend was at fault. Do you think if you had a gun in your home at the time that would have changed anything? Do you think it should have?
Dr Bob January 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I'd say in any day and age. Imagine say Tucson or Durango late 1800's. Guy makes a threat against someone, tells a friend he's going to shoot so and so next time he sees him. I expect the sheriff or marshal finds the guy who made the threat and at the very least confiscates his pistol. So, nothing new here.
Somebody Who Knows January 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Way to many of you have the story wrong. The story in the press is wrong and there only a very few that know the truth. The company won't say anything to the press and it's employees because they know they are on thin ice. They over reacted along with his "friend". Nobody "went home" and what was said is actually up for debate. Watch the story because it may become a big lawsuit for the company.
Bobby Bloom January 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Let's go then, "Somebody Who Knows". Give it up, what's the real story then? Come out as one with info then not say what it is... what a crock! Why should anyone believe you?

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