Bruce W. Brown, the younger brother of former Mass. Senator Scott Brown, was arrested last night heavily armed and impersonating law enforcement after he took over a boat, according to police.
Brown, 46, was discovered at around 6:30 p.m. in Point O Woods Beach in Old Lyme, Conn., dressed in military style clothing and allegedly carrying a loaded 9 mm pistol.
According to a statement issued by town law enforcement officials, Brown "commandeered" a boat and identified himself as a Coast Guard official and proceeded to stop other vessels asking for their registrations and boater safety certificates.
Brown was found to have three 9 mm handguns in his car, a Crown Victoria, which was described by a caller as a "police type vehicle" according to police.
He was wearing a black tactical bullet proof vest with the word POLICE on the front and the back, 12 fully loaded magazines containing 203 rounds of ammunition, and he carried a silver metal Transportation Security Agency (TSA) badge, the police said.
After calling the Coast Guard and TSA, police discovered that he was not affiliated with either agency. Brown also allegedly carried an expired Coast Guard ID card from his time as a reserve member of the Coast Guard, police said.
Brown was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, breach of peace, interfering with a police officer, and possession of a dangerous weapon in a motor vehicle.
Scott Brown, a Republican, lost his Senate seat to Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012, but reportedly has toyed with re-entering politics in Massachusetts or nearby New Hampshire.
Since leaving office Brown has worked at the Boston law offices of Nixon Peabody and he told the Boston Herald Thursday to "stay tuned" about whether he would run for governor in 2014.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Scott Brown said he learned about the arrest of his "estranged half-brother" through media reports.
"As you many of you know, my mom and my late father were married and divorced 4 times each. Unfortunately, we were not close as a family," Brown said. "These are serious charges and he will need to answer them."
"I feel badly for his children and I am thankful that no one was injured."
Bruce Brown was released on $50,000 bond and will appear back in court on Aug. 22.
Bruce Brown owns a security in Wolcott, Conn., according to New England Cable News, where he sets up surveillance systems and coaches his two children in sports in his spare time.
Brown told a NECN in 2010 that Republican Party "insiders" inquired about whether he would follow in his brother's footsteps and pursue a political campaign.
"And I said I'm still kind of contemplating and thinking. It's a big decision to do something like that," Brown said.
According to the State Police, the Coast Guard will be following up to look into similar incidents that may be related.
Efforts to obtain comment from Bruce Brown and Scott Brown weren't immediately successful.