Liz Dahlem, NBC Connecticut
Police are investigating a police-involved shooting outside a hospital in Norwich.
State police are investigating a police-involved shooting outside William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich on Tuesday morning and have released the name of the officer involved.
Police went to the parking lot to investigate a suspicious person sitting in a car.
Norwich police officers blocked the man's car, police said. As Sgt. Patrick Mickens, a 19-year veteran of the Norwich Police department, was speaking with the man, the suspect backed into a cruiser and drove at his mother and the officer, police said.
“Shortly after, the officers were trying to negotiate and get him out of the car. It was running; he backed the vehicle up hit one of our cruisers, pushed it out of the way, then took off,” Norwich Police Chief Louis Fusaro said.
Mickens pushed the mother out of the way and fired a shot at the man, police said.
A shot hit the man and his injuries are not life-threatening, according to state policed. The suspect was treated at the scene.
At the request of the Norwich police chief and state’s attorney, the State Police Major Crime Squad responded to conduct the investigation.
Mickens has been assigned to administrative duties and state police are investigating.
The name of the man who was in the car has not been released.