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State Law Enforcement Officials Respond to Canton after Officer Discharges Firearm

June 10, 2017 Police No Comments

The scene on Collins View Road Friday night. Photo by John Fitts

Officer transported for evaluation

State law enforcement officials responded to Canton Friday night after a Canton officer discharged his weapon during a motor vehicle stop, police said.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Collins View Road, when the officer fire shots “while interacting with a suspect on a motor vehicle stop,” police said.

The officer was transported to an area hospital for evaluation only and the suspect fled the area in the vehicle, police said. Police in numerous area towns were on the lookout of the suspect.

Neighbors reported hearing several shots and at the scene investigators marked several spots.

Police did not immediately release further details or confirm the description of the car.

Nearby resident Elizabeth Wilkinson Haynes did not see the shots being fired but saw some activity and heard those shots, during which family members were outside.

“The Canton police had amazing response time to aid their fellow officer,” she said. “The investigation seemed thorough and timely. Very scary situation for all, especially when your husband and daughter were outside while shots were being fired.”

The Hartford Office of the State’s Attorney is leading the investigation. The State Police, Central District Major Crime Squad is assisting, Canton police said. Those agencies spent several hours at the scene Friday night.

The incident remains under investigation and any witnesses are asked to contact the CT State Police at 860-685-8190 or Canton Police Department at 860-693-0221.

State police added that anyone with any information can also contact the Central District Major Crime at 860-706-5652 or text TIP711 and the information to 274637.

Media crews in Canton late Friday night.
Photo by John Fitts

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