Wethersfield PD and State Police are on the scene of a reported officer-involved shooting in the area of 936 Silas Deane Highway.
It happened just before 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
State police and the New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office have taken over the investigation. A State Police sergeant tells News8 two Wethersfield officers were trying to pull over a vehicle that they suspected was stolen because it did not have matching plates.
“There was a collision between the suspect’s vehicle and one of the Wethersfield police cruisers,” said Sergeant Dwight Washington of the Connecticut State Police. “One of the Wethersfield police officers exited his vehicle at that time the suspect vehicle motioned towards that officer. That officer then discharged his firearm.”
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The driver of the car was shot and brought to Hartford Hospital. He is in critical condition.
There was also a female passenger in the car who was uninjured.
Wethersfield Police report on Twitter, “Silas Deane Hwy. from Maple St. to Hewitt St. will be shut down for an extended period of time for an active police investigation. Please avoid the area and use alternate roads.”
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Connecticut in about a week. News8 asked Sgt. Washington what message he has for the public concerning officers using force.
“Our officers have to make split-second decisions,” he said. “And if they do fear for their safety then they’ll have to take those protective measures as far as trying to protect themselves or others.”
News 8 will update this story as more information becomes available.
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