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Cops Arrived In Time To Prevent Man From “Getting Smoked”

by Staff | Mar 24, 2014 2:15 pm

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A 57-year-old man held a shotgun to the head of a 42-year-old man. “Want to get smoked?” he asked.

Before he could pull the trigger, four cops arrived. And the chase was on.

That happened around 8:45 Friday night on Admiral Street.

Here’s how it happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman:

The gunman claimed the victim owed him money. The victim said he had no money on him and “didn’t have any idea what he was referring to.”

When the gunman put his “large pump-action shotgun” to the victim’s head, someone called the cops, anonymously. Officers Cherelle Carr, Lesley Billingslea, Richard Cotto, Todd Kelley, and Matthew Williams all rushed over. They saw the gunman pointing the shotgun at the victim. The gunman saw the cops—“and took off running.”

A chase ensued. Officers caught the gunman “in a neighbor’s yard.” They handcuffed him and retrieved the gun, which he had thrown over a fence. Police charged the gunman with criminal firearm possession, threatening, reckless endangerment, interfering with police, and breach of peace.

Smoked, Part II: Dwight/West River cops Carlos Conceicao and Christopher Cameron retrieved a stolen, loaded Bryco Jennings Nine-CA 9mm handgun Saturday afternoon after they stopped the driver of a white Acura who had turned onto Norton Street from Chapel without signaling—and whose registration turned out to be suspended. The driver and her two passengers were smoking marijuana; officers found more marijuana on them as well as the gun (originally reported stolen five years ago in Waynesboro, Georgia) under the driver’s seat, according to Hartman. Officers charged the driver, a 24-year-old Hamden woman, with various weapons and motor vehicle offenses. Her two male passengers, both of New Haven and 25 and 21 years old, were charged with weapons and drug offenses.

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