Conn. officer wounded in shootout following crash

The officer is recovering from a gunshot wound; 1 of 2 suspects died of a gunshot wound in the exchange of fire


The New Haven Register

MIDDLETOWN , Conn. —  A Deep River man was killed by a gunshot wound after a police pursuit that also injured a state trooper in Essex on Monday, state police said Wednesday.

Police have also released the identity of the officer involved in the shooting as Detective Scott Wisner, a 21-year veteran of the state police.

The Old Saybrook Police Department responded to an armed robbery incident at the Days Inn on Boston Post Road shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday, state police said. Information obtained identified two armed male suspects, police said.

Old Saybrook Police Officers identified a suspect vehicle leaving the area which then engaged them in a motor vehicle pursuit. State police troopers responded to the area to assist in this incident. The pursued vehicle fled onto Rt. 153 (Essex Road) into Westbrook, where the suspect vehicle became involved in a motor vehicle collision with a state trooper’s vehicle, according to state police.

Following this collision, gunfire was exchanged between two men and a state trooper. In attempts to apprehend the suspects, the trooper was shot, police said. He was taken from the scene by a fellow trooper to the nearby Shoreline Medical Center in Essex. Wisner suffered gunshot wounds and is recovering, police said.

A male suspect was transported to the same medical facility where he was later pronounced dead. A second male suspect was transported by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital for treatment of severe injuries, police said.

Led by The Office of The State’s Attorney, and being assisted by the Old Saybrook Police, The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Unit is investigating these incidents in both Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

The roadway was closed in the area of Rt. 153, south of Docs Hill, in Westbrook for an extended period of time to allow the state police Eastern District Major Crime Squad Detectives the ability to process and document the crime scene for physical and forensic evidence.

A second trooper involved was Sgt. Keith Graham, a 14 year veteran of the state police. He has assigned to administrative duties pending the completion of this investigation, police said.

After the Office of The Chief States Medical Examiner conducted a post mortem examination of the suspect, identified as Jonathan Alvarado of Deep River, the medical examiner determined that Alvarado died of gunshot wounds.

The second suspect is still under 24-hour state police guard at Hartford Hospital as this investigation continues, police said.

Reprinted with permission from the New Haven Register

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