As cops announced that they’ve solved 15 murders this year, Assistant Chief Archie Generoso had a message for would-be and still-at-large killers: You won’t get away with it.
“You do not do a shooting or a murder in New Haven with impunity,” Generoso announced forcefully at a 5:30 p.m. press conference at police headquarters on Union Avenue.
Cops called the press conference to mark the arrest of a 33-year-old man for the Oct. 13, 2011, murder of Edward Andrew “Fast Eddie” Thompson.
Thompson (pictured), who was 37 at the time of his death, was shot at the corner of Grand Avenue and Lloyd Street, while in the company of his girlfriend.
Assistant Chief Generoso said police have arrested a man already in custody on drug charges. He’s now also being charged with Thompson’s murder.
It’s the 15th murder New Haven police have solved this year, Generoso. Six of those have been 2012 murders; the rest from prior years, he said.
“We’re going to continue to do this,” Generoso said. “We’re not going to forget any of these cases.”
Detective Bertram Ettienne (pictured), one of the cops who worked on the case, said community help was key to cracking the case. He declined to go into more detail.
Ettienne said the suspect and the victim did not know each other and that police are still working on determining the motive for the killing.
Thompson’s mother, Lois Englehart, stood tearfully through the press conference, along with two other emotional family members. She held tightly to the hand of Officer Jillian Knox, the department’s victim services point person.
Englehart spoke briefly, thanking the police department. “We’ll always love my son,” she said.