PD: 3 arrested after shooting that led to chase, car crash in Meriden

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Three people were arrested following a shooting that led to a crash and a chase in Meriden on Tuesday afternoon, according to Meriden police.

The scene unfolded at about 2:15 p.m. on West Main Street. Police say one vehicle was reportedly firing gunshots out the window at another car. That’s when the vehicle that was being chased turned into a parking lot and hit a building.

An SUV fled the scene. When police arrived at the scene of the crashed vehicle, no one was inside, but police eventually took three people into custody several streets from the crash. Additionally, at least two firearms were apprehended along with an undetermined amount of marijuana.

The suspects were not injured and no bystander injuries are reported at this time.

21-year-old Alijah Garris of Naugatuck, 19-year-old Tyish Smith of Waterbury, and a juvenile were arrested.

21-year-old Alijah Garris of Naugatuck (Photo: Meriden Police)

Garris received multiple charges including, possession of narcotics, illegal possession of a firearm, and carrying a firearm without a permit.

19-year-old Tyish Smith of Waterbury (Photo: Meriden Police)

Smith received multiple charges including, illegal possession of high-capacity magazine, theft and criminal possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.

The juvenile has been charged for his involvement and police said additional charges may follow.

Officers are now crediting their own with the quick end to the situation.

“It’s a credit to our patrol division who got here at such a quick time. As well as our K9 program, because we had three of our K9s out in the area doing tracks for the suspects. We also utilized our drone for a little bit of time,” said Meriden Police Sgt Darrin McKay.

There are no details on a potential motive at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

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