Hamden officer who shot at unarmed couple had clean record at NHPD

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Personnel records obtained only by News 8 show one of the officers involved in a controversial police shooting of an unarmed couple had a clean record with the New Haven Police Department.

According to the head of NHPD Internal Affairs Division, Devin Eaton worked there as a police officer from July 28, 2014 until his resignation June 22, 2016. During that time, Eaton received no disciplinary infractions and no commendations.

Eaton joined the force in Hamden immediately following his resignation from NHPD. He is currently on paid administrative leave from the Hamden Police Department following the April 16 shooting.  

Hamden police leaders declined to release Eaton’s personnel file there citing the ongoing state police officer-involved shooting investigation.

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Stephanie Washington, 22, was hit at least once in the barrage of bullets unleashed by Eaton and Yale University police Officer Terrance Pollock, who is also on paid leave. She was a passenger in a red Honda Civic driven by her boyfriend, Paul Witherspoon III, 21, who was unhurt.  

Speaking only to News 8’s Mario Boone following the shooting, Witherspoon told us officers ordered him to “Put your f*****g hands up and get the f**k out the car!”

Police initially said their Honda was suspected in an attempted armed robbery but no charges were filed against couple. Both have hired attorneys and said they plan to sue.

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