A New Haven city official said that at around 4:20 a.m. that Tuesday morning, Hamden officers investigated a report of an attempted armed robbery and located the vehicle that was suspected to be involved in the area of Argyle Street and Dixwell Avenue.
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A Hamden officer, assisted by a Yale police officer, then made contact with the occupants of that vehicle. During that time, shots were fired by police.
The woman injured was 22-year-old Stephanie Washington. She was shot while she was in the car and suffered a non-life threatening bullet wound and is being treated at a local hospital.
News 8’s Mario Boone has learned that the driver in the car with Washington was 21-year-old Paul Witherspoon III, who was identified by his mother. She said that he is the father of a 1-year-old baby girl. He was taken into custody for questioning and released later without charges.
According to officials, no member of the New Haven Police Department was involved in this incident.
The State Attorney’s office has assigned the CT State Police Major Crimes Squad to take over the investigation.
News 8’s Kent Pierce was on scene where he said that there was a red Honda Civic with a couple of bullet holes in the back window of the car.
A witness tells me he saw multiple police officers fire at a woman and a man in a red Honda at Dixwell & Argyle in New Haven. The woman was hit in the face. He says the couple in the car was unarmed. pic.twitter.com/CmbEAvu2Hc — Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) April 16, 2019
A witness told News 8 that multiple police officers fired at the woman and a man in the red Honda. He said that the woman was hit in the face and taken away by ambulance, and that the couple in the car was unarmed.
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp issued a statement, which read:
No member of the New Haven Police Department was involved in last night’s shooting incident; New Haven Police officers arrived after-the-fact to help secure and hold the crime scene, allowing investigators from the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit to gather evidence and begin their investigation.
At the same time, I remain gravely concerned about what transpired. I called the mother of the young woman who was shot to express my concern and wish the young woman a thorough recovery, and I pledged to work with my counterpart in Hamden and police officials from all three jurisdictions to ascertain exactly what happened, so we can work to avoid it happening again.
A conference call to include Mayor Leng, all three police chiefs, and me is scheduled for Wednesday morning to continue the conversation about how this happened and how to prevent anything like it from happening again.
In a statement, Hamden Mayor Curt Leng said:
Every single time a gun is fired in our community, it has my concern and my immediate attention.
Please know that this incident is being investigated with the utmost seriousness it deserves. The State of Connecticut has come in to conduct a full investigation.
As Mayor, I will need to hold off on any further public comments to ensure nothing I say has even the slightest chance of tainting what I trust will be a comprehensive investigation and evaluation by the State.
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