MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Connecticut Office of the Inspector General is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Middletown.
Officers were called to the 100 block of Liberty Street around 6:30 a.m. Saturday for the report of a man yelling and smashing glass.
Police said the suspect, later identified as 52-year-old Winston Tate, was wielding a hammer and hit an officer with it, knocking them to the ground. Tate climbed on top of the officer, after which a “violent struggle ensued,” according to police. The officer then fired their weapon to defend themselves from “deadly bodily injury,” police said.
Tate was taken to a hospital for gunshot wounds, where police said he was in serious but stable condition. An arrest warrant was served, charging him with first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault, second-degree assault, assault on public safety personnel, and interfering with police.
Police said Tate would tentatively be released from the hospital Tuesday and will be arraigned at Middlesex Superior Court. He’s being held in police custody at the hospital with a bond set at $500,000.
The officer, whose name has not yet been related by authorities, was treated for injuries and released from the hospital. Police said they are expected to make a full recovery.
Middletown police scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the case.
The Inspector General’s Office is investigating with the Connecticut State Police, Eastern District Major Crime Squad, and the Middlesex County State’s Attorney.