Suspect Under Police Watch After Chase, Shooting

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State Police Lt. Paul Vance told FOX CT that a man is under police watch after a chase ended in shots fired.

The suspect was involved in a domestic violence incident in Southbury on Friday when he allegedly stole his neighbor’s 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, which had a gun in it.

Waterbury Police noticed the vehicle driving at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 1 and chased him. They had to stop for safety reasons, but the car was chased again at 11:15 a.m. by a state trooper and Woodbury Police.

The chase ended in Washington, at Wykeham Road and Bell Hill Road, when the man tried to drive his car into the officers’ vehicles. He then showed a gun, and refused orders to disarm.

The trooper and officer both shot at the suspect, and it’s unclear if he returned fire before he started cutting his own neck with a knife. Police stopped him with a Taser, forcibly removed him from the stolen vehicle and took him into custody.

The suspect was treated on scene for his neck injury, and he was then transported to the Waterbury Hospital emergency room. His injuries are not life-threatening. He is under State Police Guard.

Both officers were treated and released from St. Mary’s Hospital for minor injuries, and the suspect is under police protection at Waterbury Hospital.

Charges have not yet been filed, and the name of the suspect has not been released pending his release from the hospital.

According to a press release from State Police, the department’s Central District Major Crime Squad is investigating with the Litchfield State’s Attorney’s office. The trooper will be on administrative duties–per department policy–as the investigation is completed.

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