NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven police officer was wounded in a shootout captured on dashcam video while responding to a car crash early Friday morning. The suspect was captured hours later in Hartford.
Officer Chad Curry, a nine-year veteran of the department, was released from the hospital and is recovering from gunshot wounds to an ear and shoulder, New Haven police said.
Authorities arrested 36-year-old Jose Claudio, of New Haven, after determining he was inside a home on Putnam Street in Hartford. He was taken into custody without further incident, police said.
Claudio was arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges, including first-degree assault on an officer, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge, and reckless endangerment. He is being held on a $1.8 million bond.
The incident started around 1:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Chapel Street and Blatchley Avenue in the Fair Haven neighborhood.
The state’s Office of Inspector General, which investigates all officer-involved shootings, released a dashcam video Friday.
Warning: The video below contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.
The video shows the uniformed police officer arriving at the crash scene and the suspect, dressed in a bright orange shirt, running away. When Curry later comes across the suspect, he can be heard yelling for the man to stop, but the suspect suddenly turns while running and begins firing multiple times at the police cruiser. It appears at least one of the bullets hits the windshield.
Curry is then seen outside of the cruiser, firing toward the fleeing suspect.
“I heard like eight shots,” witness Maria Gill told News 8. “I heard one come in the house, so I ran to the kitchen, and a bullet came to my kitchen. I ran back that way, and another bullet came in that way. I hid behind the refrigerator hoping this would save me.”
Mayor Justin Elicker (D-New Haven) said it was both a “terrible and remarkable day for the New Haven Police Department.”
“I am always impressed by the New Haven Police Department, but I think today shows an exemplary department,” Elicker said.
New Haven police thanked Hartford police and federal law enforcement officials for their assistance in capturing Claudio.
“It was a lot of good police work,” New Haven police chief Karl Jacobson said. “We were able to find a woman who was out on the street by following up on this person’s name, a lot of interviews, knocking on doors, good old fashioned detective work.”
With Claudio on the loose for more than 12 hours, a neighborhood in New Haven was forced to shelter in place.
“My door was shot up, and on the side of my door, there are two other bullets,” Gil said. “It’s crazy. They could’ve killed me. There are five bullets in my house right now.”
Two schools, Family Academy of Multilingual Exploration and John S. Martinez School, were sheltering in place due to the police activity but classes proceeded, school officials said.
The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit and the offices of the inspector general and state’s attorney are all involved in the investigation.