Motel owner shot dead over $10 pool pass

Suspect Alvin Waugh saw red when his girlfriend was refused a discount on the surcharge.


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Alvin Waugh
Alvin Waugh
(Vernon Police)

We all get hot under the collar sometimes when staying in a new establishment.

Whether we are there for a vacation, or for some other reason, there are always little rules and regulations about our temporary guest quarters that can rub us up the wrong way.

Nonetheless, one guest’s reaction to the strict enforcement of house rules at a Connecticut motel has proved to be tragically over the top.

Alvin Waugh of Hartford, is facing a murder charge after he allegedly gunned down the motel owner, Zeshan Chaudhry.

The shooting happened at the Motel 6 on Hartford Turnpike around 4 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report by NBC New York.

Waugh, 31, and his girlfriend were sitting near the pool area at the motel when they asked Chaudhry about gaining access to the pool, court documents said.

The couple had been staying at the motel for about a month.

When the girlfriend asked Chaudhry, 30, about a pool pass, he told her it would be $10, which upset her. She offered to pay $5 but Chaudhry said no.

Authorities say that Chaudhry then followed her outside and an argument between both the suspect and the victim escalated. The motel owner Chaudhry then kicked the couple out of the motel, according to court documents.

Waugh is then said to have run up to his room at the motel to grab a gun.

He came back, the argument continued, and Waugh reportedly shot Chaudhry several times. He then ran from the scene.

Security footage showed the incident, including Waugh firing the gun.

Waugh later returned to the scene after stating he wanted to surrender to police. He had thrown the gun into a nearby body of water, from where it was later recovered.

Besides the murder count, Waugh is also charged with criminal use of a weapon, use of a firearm for a felony, carrying a firearm without a permit, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury.

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