MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Five officers were injured Monday after suspects led Meriden Police on a chase and rammed their vehicle into police cruisers.
At about 5:20 p.m., Meriden police located a Red Chevy Impala matching the description of a vehicle used in a recent shooting in the city.
Officers called for additional resources identifying the occupants of the suspect vehicle.
As Officers approached the suspect vehicle on North 2nd Street, the suspects in the car saw the officers and proceeded to drive their car initially into two marked cruisers and then into a third undercover vehicle. The officers that had approached the suspects were hit by their car and pinned between a cruiser and the suspect car before the suspects rammed the cruisers and unmarked vehicles a second time.
The suspects were able to ram the cruisers apart enough to drive over the sidewalk and flee West on West Main Street.
Officers were able to catch up with the suspects in the area of Ames Avenue and Lockwood Street. Officers used stop sticks to try to stop the car, but the car still drove away from the scene and ran over an officer’s foot in the process.
Shortly after that, the vehicle was found on Chamberlain Highway near Pasco Street. The suspects ran off, but officers were able to catch them after a brief chase.
Officers say one of the male suspects discarded a weapon. Police found that weapon, and K-9 Mika later found a second weapon and a fully loaded magazine.
Five officers in total were injured and were transported to the area hospital for various injuries.
Sgt. Darrin McKay said Tuesday of the injured officers, “One of them being the officer who was pinned between his driver’s side door and the car. We also had one officer who was out on foot. His actual foot was run over by the suspect vehicle…All of the other officers who were injured happened to be in the vehicles that were slammed by the suspect’s vehicle.”
Officers detained the three people who were inside the car.
Police said 25-year-old Luis Camacho of Meriden was driving the suspect vehicle during the incident. Camacho received a long list of charges, including five counts of assault and five counts of assault on a police officer. He is also facing multiple vehicle and firearm charges. His bond is set to $1-million and was arraigned Tuesday.
Police report 18-year-old Miguel Acevedo of Meriden was also arrested; he is charged with interfering with police, and his bond is set to $10,000.
The third person police arrested is an unidentified juvenile, who is charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, and interfering with an officer. The juvenile will be transferred to a juvenile detention facility.
People living in the North Second Street area shaken by what happened. They didn’t want to go on camera, but one said he was nervous for his family.
Camacho’s father and stepmother were emotional outside the courthouse Tuesday: “It really breaks my heart that happened yesterday. We haven’t slept.”
This is an ongoing investigation.