NEW HAVEN — Officers had come face-to-face with the suspect in a shooting involving a woman and her ex-boyfriend but at the time didn't know it, police said.
Officers had stopped a motorist last Friday night near Grand and Blatchley avenues, police said, but let the motorist go after being approached about a nearby shooting on Chapel Street involving two cars – a grey Nissan Altima and a grey Nissan Sentra.
The motorist, police said, was later discovered to be the suspect in the shooting.
The 23-year old woman involved in the shooting was located nearby crashed into another vehicle. Police said she told officers she had crashed while fleeing her "extremely jealous ex-boyfriend," police said.
She told officers she had been seen by her ex-boyfriend in the area of River and Lloyd streets, police said. While chasing after them the ex-boyfriend fired shots on Saltonstall Avenue but did not hit them.
Luis Rivera, 27, was arrested on a warrant and was charged Wednesday with two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a pistol and violation of a restraining order.
Rivera, according to police, had been the motorist they stopped before responding to the shooting.
His bond was set at $300,000, police said.