NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are still searching for the gunman who officers say killed one man and then shot a police captain.
Police have identified the man killed as 46-year-old Troy Clark, of West Haven. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances of his death.
24 hours have passed and the suspect involved in the New Haven shooting is still at large. Several SWAT teams and multiple police officers were going to door to door all of Tuesday searching through neighborhoods, homes, and backyards for the shooter.
Police say around 9 p.m. Monday, a ShotSpotter activation picked up gunfire on Dixwell and Henry Street. Captain Anthony Duff was off-duty, in plain clothes, and saw the shooting in progress.
Captain Duff tried to stop it, then the gunman turned on him. Clark died in the shooting.
After surgery, police say Captain Duff is doing well and “continues to heal and recover from a very traumatic incident.”
The Chief says they will use every resource available to the department to see this shooter behind bars.
“We cannot tolerate gun violence. We cannot tolerate murder in our streets. We cannot tolerate anyone that would turn a handgun on a police officer and attempt to take their life,” says Chief Otoniel Reyes, the New Haven Police Interim Chief.
While the police chief says no one will rest until this person is brought to justice, community activists also believe neighbors should feel the same way.
“I was able to go visit him before he went into surgery and a number of us were around him and he was alert and he was cracking jokes and he was really trying to make everyone else feel comfortable,” said Mayor Toni Harp, (D) New Haven. “I’m asking you to call us if you know anything about the victim or about what happened. If you saw anything, even the least thing can help people find this person and get them off the streets.”
For hours police had roads blocked Tuesday, as state police documented the scene with evidence markers
The suspect was last seen running towards Townsend Avenue.
If you know who he is or if you know where he is, please contact police.Tips can be anonymous.
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