Waterbury officer shot in chest during stolen motor vehicle investigation; 4 suspects in custody

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury police officer is recovering after being shot by another officer during the pursuit of a suspect Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the officer was shot in the chest during a stolen motor vehicle investigation around 2:20 p.m. near Marley Place off of Wolcott Street in Waterbury.

Police said the officer was given first aid by other officers on the scene and quickly taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital, where he was later released, according to police.

Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said in a news conference Tuesday that the bulletproof vest the officer was wearing at the time of the shooting saved his life.

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The shooting remains under investigation by Connecticut State Police (CSP).

According to police, CSP took four suspects, one of them a juvenile, in custody in connection to the incident. Those suspects were located in the area of Oxford Airport.

Eyewitness Sierra Fleury told News 8 she was on Wolcott Street when this all unfolded and she saw an SUV speed past her before she heard gunshots.

“The police cars had lights on and were going up on the street that the SUV had pulled out of and instantly three officers pull out and I hear ‘pop, pop, pop,’ just shots going off,” Fleury described. “I heard three I believe, and then I watched one of the police cars back out into the street rapidly.”

“I’m pretty shaken because I could’ve been in a different situation had I been a couple of seconds later,” Fleury added. “It shakes you, you know? We raise our kids here. There are families here. There are human lives.”

Troopers are asking drivers to avoid the area and to expect heavy police activity.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (203) 574-6941 or leave information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at (203)755-1234.

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