ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday afternoon, Connecticut State Police released body camera footage from Thursday night’s officer-involved shooting in Ansonia. The footage covers three separate body-worn cameras from the incident.
On Thursday evening at around 7:35 p.m., Ansonia police received a complaint of a man violating a protective order at a home on Myrtle Avenue.
WATCH: Raw footage of minutes before the shooting
According to police, the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Michael Gregory, of Ansonia, picked up a knife in his kitchen when engaging with police and did not comply with officers when they demanded he drop it.
Officers first used a stun gun, but it appeared to have no effect on Gregory. When Gregory charged at officers, one of the officers fatally shot Gregory, according to reports.
State police investigations have led them to identify the following officers involved with the incident:
- Patrol Sergeant Christopher Flynn, who has been a member of the Ansonia Police Department since April 11, 1990.
- Officer Brendon Nelson, who has been a member of the Ansonia Police Department since Dec. 31, 2012.
- Officer Wojciech Podgorski, who has been a member of the Ansonia Police Department since Dec. 29, 2017.
The Ansonia police officer that shot Gregory is on leave at this time, per protocol for when officer-involved shootings occur.
State police did not specify which officer fatally shot Gregory.
This bodycam footage is part of the on-going investigation. Detectives from the Western District Major Crime Squad are investigating.
News 8 spoke with state Senator James Maroney about why he believes it is so important to release this video so quickly, “I always lean towards transparency in government, whether it’s in policing or governing, the more transparency it’s better for the citizens it puts more faith in our institutions.”
Connecticut State Police is handling the investigation.