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State police investigating trooper-involved shooting at Columbia, Connecticut motel

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COLUMBIA -- State Police are investigating a shooting at a motel Tuesday afternoon.

State police said the incident happened at the Columbia Hop River Motel, 152 Route 66 in Columbia shortly before 3 p.m. Troopers from the Colchester barracks were called there for a disturbance and one trooper fired one shot striking the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Hartford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said no troopers were shot or injured.

Police said the suspect appeared to have been staying at the motel and that the shooting happened outside.

Neighbor Bruce Hammond said he's lived in the area more than two decades and he's seen activity at the motel before but the area is mostly quiet.

"This is the most excitement I’ve seen here in all the time I’ve lived here," Hammond said. "It’s just one of those things, I’m not gonna be worried about it, no I’m not."

An investigation is underway by detectives from Central District Major Crime Squad.

Police said this incident may be linked to a previous investigation.

"I think it was part of an ongoing investigation, they received information about a suspicious incident here at the hotel and they encountered the subject here," Connecticut State Police Lt. Michael Kostrzewa said. "Our major crime is on scene processing all evidence, interviewing any witnesses, trying to gather as much information as we can to put the complete picture together."

Police said there is no threat to the public.

"We’re just fully investigating it to get all the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident out to the public as quickly as we can," he said.

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