New Castle Police Chief fired

The former chief was arrested after allegedly threatening a neighbor with a gun last week, though the police department has not stated if the two are connected
Tony Pagni, age 58
Tony Pagni, age 58(Garfield County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 4:34 PM MDT
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NEW CASTLE, Colo. (KKCO) - New Castle Police Chief Tony Pagni was dismissed from his position as chief on Wednesday following an incident involving him allegedly threatening a neighbor with an AK-style automatic rifle. The police department has not yet stated if the two are related.

Town Administrator David Reynolds has named Sargent Chuck Burrows as interim chief. The Town of New Castle stated that it is confident that the police department will continue to operate smoothly during the transition.

Pagni was arrested sometime after 9 p.m. Friday night on suspicion of felony menacing. During the incident, Pagni allegedly accused his neighbor of killing his wife and wanted access to his home to investigate his accusations. According to the affidavit, his wife was called by the neighbor, who said he was walking their dog.

Pagni may have been intoxicated at the time.

He faces a charge of menacing with a deadly weapon, a felony offense. Pagni is also charged with prohibited use of a weapon while intoxicated and harassment, both of which are misdemeanors.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported New Castle terminated a previous police chief in 2010 following allegations of wrongdoing. The individual referenced served as chief of police for New Castle, New Hampshire.  We regret the mistake.

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