CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — Cromwell Police revealed that an officer-involved shooting had taken place in Cromwell while police were attempting to apprehend a suspect Tuesday morning.
Captain Kevin Vandersloot of the Cromwell Police Department said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, around 9:55 a.m. they were working to assist Connecticut Probation officers with a probation check at a residence on Salem Drive in Cromwell.
“Upon initial contact with the suspect, he retreated back into the residence,” Vandersloot explained. “At which time, a perimeter was established.”
While police were establishing a perimeter, the suspect ran out of the residents and got into a car.
The suspect ran away from law enforcement and drove away. When the suspect came in contact with an officer at the outer perimeter, police shot at the suspect’s vehicle. One round was discharged. The suspect was not hit.
A short time after driving away from police, the suspect later got in a car crash at the Route 3/Evergreen intersection with another vehicle containing two civilians. Those civilians were transported to the hospital for precautionary medical treatment.
Witnesses told police the suspect ran from the scene on foot.
The suspect was later found and taken into custody. He was later identified as Samual Moore, 36.
Police say the officer who discharged his weapon during the chase is now on administrative leave.
He was identified Wednesday as Sergeant Ryan Parsons, who has been a member of the Cromwell PD for 12 years.
Tuesday evening State Police corrected their initial report that Moore had died of injuries sustained during the incident. Neither Moore nor the officer who discharged his weapon was injured in the incident.
Vandersloot said the Cromwell PD does have body cameras and they will be reviewing the footage from the incident.
Wednesday, State Police reported Central District Major Crime Squad obtained all available body worn camera footage from the Cromwell PD. There is no footage available of the Cromwell officer discharging his weapon.
State PD report, in addition to the criminal investigation, Midstate Traffic Squad is investigating the crash that occurred in Cromwell. The Cromwell PD will be conducting their own, standard, internal affairs investigation of the officer who discharged his weapon.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Central District Major Crime Squad at 860-706-5656
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