Officer charged in shooting pleads not guilty

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer arrested for firing his gun 13 times at an unarmed couple’s car and wounding a 22-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Hamden officer Devin Eaton entered the pleas Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court. His next court date is set for Dec. 10.

Related: Officer charged in shooting faces judge for first time

Authorities say Eaton and a Yale University officer shot at the car in New Haven on April 16 after Eaton stopped it while investigating a reported attempted robbery in Hamden.

Officials said Eaton opened fire when the driver, Paul Witherspoon III, got out of the car unexpectedly.

Witherspoon wasn’t injured. His girlfriend, Stephanie Washington, was seriously injured but survived.

The Yale officer was not charged.

A prosecutor ruled Eaton was not justified in using deadly force.

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