A New Haven man who police say shot two city officers last weekend after shooting his wife was arrested Friday in connection with the earlier shooting, state police said.
Douglas J. Monroe, 51, of Elm Street in New Haven was arrested upon his release from Yale-New Haven Hospital and charged with first-degree assault, they said.
His bail was set at $900,000 bail and he was taken to Superior Court in New Haven to be arraigned, state police said.
Monroe has not been charged yet in the shooting of two police officers, Eric Pessino and Scott Shumway, and attempted shooting of SWAT team members during an hours-long standoff, state police said.
He was shot when he pointed a long gun at SWAT officers who came into his house and confronted him in the basement. The confrontation followed numerous failed attempts by three negotiators to communicate with Monroe, police said.
His wife, retired state Department of Correction employee, suffered gunshot wounds to her hand, arm, back and chest and was in critical condition after surgery the day of the shooting, Officer David Hartman said. Her condition on Friday wasn’t clear.
The two officers were sent to an area hospital and were listed in good condition, police said; one was discharged on Saturday, the day of the shooting.
Monroe initially was listed in serious condition.
The violence began about 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23 as a domestic incident in which Monroe allegedly shot his 51-year-old wife inside their third-floor apartment at 638-640 Elm St. before she fled to a neighbor’s home, Hartman said.
The incident escalated into a standoff when patrol officers Eric Pessino and Scott Shumway responded to 911 calls about the shooting and encountered Monroe, who met them with gunfire inside the Elm Street apartment, Hartman said.
Pessino was treated for a graze wound to his arm. Shumway suffered a more serious gunshot wound to his arm.
Hours later, a SWAT team entered the apartment and fired at Monroe when they found him in the building’s basement and he aimed a long gun at them, Hartman said. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
"Today, we are really fortunate we didn't have our second domestic violence homicide" of this year, Police Chief Anthony Campbell said.