Hamden man in custody after shooting at police during armed robbery

HAMDEN  --  A man is in custody after a fire fight with Hamden police during an armed robbery.

K'waun Cole, 31, of Hamden, is set to appear in court this morning facing charges of robbery and attempted murder.

Police say around 9 p.m., a police officer was on patrol around State Street and Ridge Road. While stopped at a traffic light, he saw a person running across the parking lot of Krauszer's Food Store at 1959 State Street. The person was gesturing, trying to get the officer's attention. He told the officer a robbery was underway inside the store.

Moments later, the officer rushed into the store.

He saw a Cole wearing a black mask standing inside. When Cole saw the officer, he pointed his handgun at him and fired. The officer was able to go into cover. Cole kept shooting at the officer who started to fire back. Cole then fled the store.

Hamden and New Haven police set up a perimeter while ad K-9 unit reported Cole was around 1825 State Street. Officers found Cole who was hiding under a parked car.

Cole had gunshot wounds to his finger and torso. He was taken to Yale-New haven hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released later.

Cole is facing a $1 million dollar bond.

State Police and Hamden Police are investigating the incident.