A man has been arrested for firing a rifle out of his Rockville Centre home because he thought people were following him, Nassau County police said.

Joseph Coulon returned to his South Kensington Avenue  home, pulled out a .22-caliber rifle and fired a round through the front glass door while a 59-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl were inside shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

He then walked outside and allegedly fired several more rounds into the ground in the front yard.

Rockville Centre police officers took the 54-year-old suspect into custody and seized the rifle. No injuries were reported.

Coulon was arraigned Thursday on charges of reckless endangerment, possession of a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

Judge David McAndrews set bail for Coulon at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. He is due back in court on April 3.


Coulon had also been arrested in February on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance but failed to appear at his first two court dates, records show.


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