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PD: Man says ‘Happy Halloween’ before stabbing attack in New Haven; suspect then fatally shot

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NEW HAVEN --  Police said one person was fatally shot after stabbing two people Tuesday night.

New Haven Police Department said a New Haven man was walking on Sperry Street from Whalley Avenue toward Goffe Street, when he was confronted by a Sirvon Strickland, 31,  holding a knife.

Strickland said “Happy Halloween” and stabbed the victim, police said.

Police said the victim’s cousin, a 24-year-old Hamden man was waiting in his car, when he heard the commotion, got out of his car, where he was also stabbed by the suspect.

Police said the 24-year-old victim, who has a pistol permit, fatally shot Strickland in the chest.

"The shooter has a valid pistol permit and his gun was lawfully registered to him, according to information obtained in a police records check. The shooter has not been charged – though this investigation is active and remains active," police said in a release.

According to police, the 27-year-old was stabbed in the elbow and the 24-year-old was stabbed in his bicep. Both victim's injuries are non-life threatening.

Strickland had a lengthy criminal history, with convictions dating back to at least 2008, when he was convicted of Assault in the 3rd degree.  He convicted of Threatening (2nd degree) in 2012, Assault (3rd) and Reckless Endangerment later in 2012, Assault (2nd) for an incident in 2014, and in 2015 he was convicted of Assault (2nd) and Assault of Public Safety or Emergency Personnel.

Police said this investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 203-946-6304, the Anonymous Tip Line at 203-946-6296, Text a tip by texting, NHPD plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES) or email at

No other details were released.

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