NAUGATUCK — A felon convicted of bank robbery in the late 1980s is suspected of pulling a revolver and firing a shot at a man he had gotten into an argument with in a Church Street bar after having a couple drinks of vodka on the rocks.
Willie Days, a 67-year-old real estate agent, was charged with a list of gun-related crimes after police say he took a shot at another patron in Sullivan’s Cafe near closing on Sunday morning.
That gunfire followed a small argument that involved another patron, possibly over eating another patron’s food, a witness told police. A patron had challenged Days to step outside to fight in the parking lot when Days pulled the gun, a Smith & Wesson, .38-caliber revolver, and fired at him while the other man stood in the doorway, a police investigation showed.
The bullet went through the front door of the bar and left spider web cracks in a nearby window. A bartender would later tell police she served Days two Kettle One vodkas on ice in the hours before the shooting.
Police were nearby when they heard the shot ring out and arrived quickly.
An officer initially patted Days down as he was leaving from the back of the bar, but let him go after not finding any weapons on him. But when the officer learned Days fit the shooter’s description, he caught up to Days as he was backing his Chrysler out of the lot.
Police would eventually find a loaded .38-caliber revolver on a chair in the back of the bar.
Days is a felon with a record that includes another assault at another bar.
Days was arrested in February 2015 in New Haven after he stabbed another man over a $5 pool game debt, according to a media report.
Records show that Days was later convicted of second-degree assault. He was given three years of probation, but a judge ended that supervision earlier this year.
Days also has a federal conviction for robbing a bank in 1989 and other crimes, including patronizing a prostitute.
Days, of Ansonia, was held on a $200,000 bond after he appeared Monday in Waterbury Superior Court. He’s due back in court on July 23.