A New Haven city official said that at around 4:20 a.m., 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.
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.
Witnesses say they heard 6-10 shots at Dixwell & Argyle in New Haven. A young woman was taken away in an ambulance. pic.twitter.com/jMN4yFLYX0— Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) April 16, 2019
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.
WEB EXTRA: News 8's Kent Pierce answers your questions and has the latest on what witnesses saw on scene
Web Extra: Clergy members, community leaders speak on officer-involved shooting in New Haven
Web Extra: Protests surround Hamden Police Department following shooting
- Waterbury tribute to local fallen veterans coming soon
- Like many things in life; it's all about the money
- Big concerns about money problems in Hamden
- Senator Murphy tours Hammonasset Meigs Point Nature Center
- 4 Connecticut restaurants among top hole-in-the-wall spots in the country
- Israeli flight attendant in coma after contracting measles on flight out of New York
- American College of Physicians release new breast cancer screening guidelines
- Rain and melting snow contributes to Connecticut River flooding
- Connecticut receives total of $1 million in federal aid from 2018 storms, tornadoes
- New Haven's cherry blossoms will be at full peak by the end of April
- 6 states under blizzard warnings as residents prepare for April snow storm
- Start working now on getting a green lawn this year
- Crews around Connecticut battle flames in heart of brush fire season
- Dry and breezy day led to several brush fires across Connecticut
Sources with DEEP confirm to News 8 tonight that the bobcat tested positive...Read More »
There's a powerful lesson being learned at Shelton Intermediate School, how a...Read More »
"I hope they feel some sense of gratitude and an appreciation that people do...Read More »
A special visitor at the Meigs Point Nature Center in Madison on Thursday.Read More »
An annual tradition to help save lives continued on the Yale campus with the 11th annual Mandi Schwartz marrow donor registration drive.Read More »
The University of Hartford did pretty well when they hired former UConn star Jen Rizzotti as women's basketball coach.Read More »