ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)– Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Ansonia Monday morning.
Police say that at around 7 a.m., there was a shooting involving a Derby police officer on Division Street, between Atwater Avenue and Pershing Drive near Griffin Hospital in Ansonia.
It all started when two men approached an officer parked in his vehicle, banging on the window asking him for help.
State Police said in a press conference Monday afternoon, “Two males approached the Derby Officer who was seated in his cruiser, tried to get the attention of the officer. When the officer exited his cruiser, he observed one of the two men opening fire on a passing vehicle.”
One of those men fired a gun at a passing car, an Infinity Sedan – we don’t yet know why. The officer then shot the armed man in the leg. He was taken to the hospital and is going to be ok.
The car the armed man shot at and the two people inside stayed on the scene.
We spoke with neighbors in the area. One man told us he heard gunshots ring out, followed by other shots.
Neighbor Eric Barone said he watched it all unfold outside his window. He said he was yelling at the teen not to move and one of them was yelling, “‘Don’t shoot. He’s a child, I’m a child. Don’t shoot me.’ And the cop said, ‘I’m not going to shoot you, don’t move.'” Borone adds, “You could tell the officer did not want to shoot. He had a look on his face like ‘Why did that have to happen?'”
A 16-year-old was with the armed man. Family members say they are cousins.
The teen was not hurt but was detained. His armed cousin was arrested and was later identified as Corneilus McCullough, 29, of Derby. The police report says he was found in possession of a handgun for which he did not have a permit and he is on the Deadly Weapon Offender Registry.
McCullough is charged with criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. He failed to post a $300,00 cash/surety bond. He is due in Milford Superior Court Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Candice Chavers, the mother of the teen involved, said of her son, “My son is an honors student. Sixteen-years-old, never been arrested.”
Family members say the man and the teen felt someone was following them.
Chavers says her nephew was the man shot in the incident. She claims he did not have a weapon on him. The police report of the incident says McCullough was found in possession of a firearm.
Exclusive surveillance video footage shows officers rushing to respond to the area moments following the shooting. But no body camera will be available as Derby Police do not have them equipped on officers.
According to police, the incident was contained to the immediate area and there is no ongoing threat to the community.
Connecticut State Police is conducting the investigation into the shooting and will be working with the Milford State’s Attorney’s office and Derby’s State’s Attorney’s office.
Division Street between Atwater Avenue and Pershing Drive will be closed until further notice.