A Connecticut Department of Correction officer was arrested over the weekend after he was accused of assaulting a mail carrier and using racial slurs.
According to Waterbury police, 42-year-old Daniel Alvarado reacted in anger when he observed his mail carrier, 23-year-old Roshane Thompson, urinating in a wooded area near his property on Saturday, NECN reported.
Alvarado reportedly approached Thompson with a handgun and put the firearm against the postal employee’s stomach. The corrections officer then handed the gun over to his girlfriend and began physically attacking Thompson while yelling racial slurs, police said.
Waterbury Police Department Deputy Chief Fred Spagnolo told NECN that Alvarado had used “deplorable language, things you wouldn’t expect to hear this day in age.”
Alvarado was accused of repeatedly punching Thompson in the face and slamming his head onto the pavement.
Police later found Thompson lying next to his mail truck. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a broken eye socket.
Alvarado is facing charges of second-degree assault with a firearm, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm while intoxicated and second-degree bigotry.
A spokesperson for the Department of Correction said on Monday that Alvarado had been placed on administrative leave from his job at Bridgeport Correctional Center. Alvarado has been an employee with the department since 2000.
Watch the video below from NECN, broadcast March 21, 2016.