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BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — The Office of the Inspector General released body cam video of an officer-involved shooting in Bristol.
Bristol police officers were investigating a report of a knifepoint carjacking of a Toyota Rav4 that occurred in Farmington Thursday afternoon. The suspect in the Farmington carjacking had earlier carjacked another car in Hartford, investigators said.
Bristol officers found the stolen Toyota near Quaker Lane in Bristol. The driver of the stolen car, later identified by authorities as 39-year-old Jimmie Shoemaker-Gonzalez, abandoned that vehicle and fled on foot, leading police on a chase.
Shoemaker-Gonzalez then got behind the wheel of a Bristol police cruiser and began driving away, officials said.
The inspector general’s office said Bristol Police Officer Seth Petzing fired multiple shots at
the vehicle, hitting Shoemaker-Gonzalez at least once in the leg.
VIDEO | Body camera footage shows the suspect driving off in the police cruiser and a Bristol police officer firing multiple rounds. Viewer discretion is advised.
Investigators said Gonzalez drove for more than two miles before crashing the police car into Palma’s Diner on Stafford Avenue in Bristol.
Farmington police said the suspect sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. He was charged with larceny in the first degree and is being held on a $1 million bond.
No officers were injured during the incident. Staff at Palma’s Diner said the restaurant was in shambles due to the crash, but no employees nor patrons were injured.
“I think we need a little bit of a break, these guys deserve it and they deserve all of our gratitude for all that they do on a daily basis for sure,” said Tom Lavan of Bristol. “Bristol doesn’t need this right now, these officers don’t need this right now. We’re still not over what happened a couple months ago, not that we ever will be.”
The Office of Inspector General is investigating the shooting with Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad, Bristol Police Department, Farmington Police Department, and Hartford Police Department.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.