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Photo Challenge #239

I thought last week’s Photo Challenge might have needed some detective work.

Lee Scharfstein’s image showed the outline of a bullet. Inside were the words “Bullet proof.”

It’s in the police station lobby. If you’ve ever bought a PAL fireworks ticket there, or gone for (ahem) some other reason, you might have seen it. It’s at the bottom of the heavy glass reception window, in the lobby.

Bobbie Herman, Diane Silfen, Rich Stein, Sharon Paulsen, Jonathan McClure, Andrew Colabella and Brooks Sumberg all knew exactly where that window is. Congratulations — may the force be with you!

The glass is bullet-proof for a reason.

On the morning of July 4, 1961 Brendan McLaughlin — a former Marine working as a New York advertising executive — shot and killed his father during a family argument.

The murder took place in the McLaughlins’ old Victorian house on Gorham Island (the site today of that 40,000-square foot office building).

McLaughlin fled. An hour before dawn he burst into the police station on Jesup Road. He pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired at 2 policemen behind the front desk, wounding Donald Bennette.

Officers chased him into the parking lot, where he shot officer Andrew Chapo. A shootout ensued; McLaughlin was wounded.

Chapo and Bennette recovered. McLaughlin died several weeks later.

The police station lobby was renovated in 1988. Mindful of the July 4th tragedy, greater security measures were installed.

Here’s this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d find this warning sign, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Fred Cantor)