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Capt. Anthony Duff (file photo)

NEW HAVEN —ย  New Haven Police Captain Anthony Duff is in the hospital after being shot Monday night.

Police said Duff got into a shootout with a suspect who killed another individual.

New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes said Duff witnessed the shooting and engaged the suspect in gunfire. The suspect then shot Duff, who was not in uniform.

Capt. Duff is in stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

“He is lucky to be alive right now,” Chief Reyes said in a late-night news briefing at the hospital Monday.

“We have someone that shot someone and killed them, and almost killed a police officer tonight as well, so we are lucky he is doing okay,” Reyes said.

The shooting took place in the area of Dixwell Avenue and Henry Street. People who live near the area are urged to stay inside their homes.

At this time, the suspect is at large and Connecticut State Police are assisting in this investigation. Police are searching for a suspect described as a black male with long braids, a muscular build, a goatee, wearing a black shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call police at (203) 946-6316.

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