Norwich PD identifies suspect arrested for shooting at a police officer

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NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — A man accused of firing several gunshots at a police officer in Norwich has been arrested.

According to police, around 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday, the officer responded to a report of shots fired on Dunham Street near Westwood Park. Police said as the officer arrived on the scene, a man carrying an AR-15 shot at him.

A total of six bullets hit the police cruiser. Police said after being shot at multiple times, the officer returned fire on the suspect. Neither the officer nor the suspect were shot during the incident.

“He was not struck by a round,” Mayor Peter Nystrom said. “He did injure his elbow as he had to exit his vehicle to get lower in order to protect himself, then he was able to return fire.”

The suspect fled from the scene on foot, but police found him a short distance from where he shot at the officer.

“Being a cop today is tough, can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to those willing to serve the men and women particularly here in Norwich. Any given day when they go to work they may face an incident like this and it’s difficult,” Nystrom said.

This comes the same day a man attempted to assassinate a Hartford patrol officer. As she sat in her cruiser, someone fired at her head at close range. Luckily, they missed.

In Norwich, police arrested 28-year-old Andrew O’Lone of Norwich. He was charged with criminal attempt/murder, first-degree criminal attempt/assault, assault on a police officer, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree criminal mischief.

A neighbor says O’Lone has lived in the apartment complex on Westwood Park for about three years.

“Nice, mellow dude. I gave him rides all the time. He’s a nice guy. I never thought he’d do this,” said Rick, a neighbor.

O’Lone was held on a $1 million bond and was arraigned on Wednesday.

The New London Judicial District State’s Attorney Office was notified and responded.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561, ext. 3188.

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