18-Year-Old From Bloomfield To Appear In Court After Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting In New Britain

An 18 year old from Bloomfield is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Friday afternoon after an officer-involved shooting in New Britain Thursday night where one suspect was killed and two others were wounded, state police said Friday.

Noah Young is charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics and risk of injury to a child.

New Britain Police attempted to stop a vehicle suspected in several violent carjackings and robberies at about 6:41 p.m. Thursday, state police said. The driver failed to stop and attempted to flee.

Officers exited their vehicles with weapons drawn and ordered the suspects to get out of their vehicle. New Britain police fired when the driver drove towards the officers, state police said.

State police said the second suspect is a 15 year old, also from Bloomfield, who was issued a juvenile summons for carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a pistol without a permit, and possession of narcotics.

Investigators continued to gather evidence Friday at the scene.

Detectives from the state police major crime squad set up a command post outside Chamberlain School, which was closed for the day because its parking lot is considered part of the crime scene.

As of mid-day, neither troopers nor city police were providing details about the shooting or the dead person.

City police referred all questions about the shooting to state troopers, who are running the investigation. The state police public information office did not return messages as of mid-day.

The car’s occupants are suspects in a series of armed robberies and carjackings in and around the city, police said.

“It began about two weeks ago with people driving up in cars and brandishing guns. This week it went beyond that — one person was shot at and there was a pistol-whipping,” city police Chief James Wardwell said.

City police deployed extra officers as an anti-robbery patrol this week, but it’s not clear if those officers were involved in the Thursday evening gunfire.

Wardwell said late Thursday night that more than one officer fired at the vehicle, but as of Friday state police did not disclose how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired.

Officers were following a car that they believed was involved in the armed robberies and tried to stop it at Chapman Street and Chapman Court around 6:45 p.m., police said.

Police have not detailed exactly how the shooting took place, but said the suspects fired at officers. At a press conference Thursday night they said at least one gun was found in the car.

Wardwell said the shooting occurred in just a matter of moments, but would provide no details while state investigators are still working.

“We’ll do an administrative investigation, but that takes a back seat to the Connecticut state police investigation,” he said Friday.

One of the car’s three occupants died of injuries sustained during the shooting; the other two were injured but are are expected to recover, Wardwell said. At noon on Friday state police said one suspect would be arraigned later in the day.

Under state law, any shooting that involves an officer firing a gun is turned over to the state police and the state’s attorney, Mayor Erin Stewart said. The officers involved were immediately placed on paid administrative leave, she said.

Middlesex County State’s Attorney Peter McShane will oversee the investigation.

Detectives closed off Chapman Court along with parts of Carlson Street and Chapman Street as they looked for evidence Friday.

Stewart invited all Chamberlain School families to the New Britain YMCA for a free day of gym and swim.

“We want our children and our families to know there is no immediate threat to them in the area at this time,” Stewart said.

State troopers want to hear from any witnesses at 860 706-5652 and promise that calls will remain confidential. Witnesses can also text TIP711 with their information to 274637.

Courant Staff Writer Don Stacom contributed to this story.

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