State's Attorney: Force Justified in Norwich Police-Involved Shooting | NBC Connecticut

State's Attorney: Force Justified in Norwich Police-Involved Shooting



    Liz Dahlem, NBC Connecticut
    Police are investigating a police-involved shooting outside a hospital in Norwich.

    The state's attorney has decided that a police officer was justified in his use of force during a police-involved shooting outside William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich on Aug. 28.

    Police had gone to the parking lot to investigate a suspicious person sitting in a car and ultimately shot Gino Nicasia, causing serious physical injury, according to the state's attorney.  

    Norwich police officers blocked Nicasia car, police said. As Sgt. Patrick Mickens, a 19-year veteran of the Norwich Police department, was speaking with the man, since identified as Nicasia, 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 Nicasia and he was treated at the scene.

    Mickens was been assigned to administrative duties during the investigation.

    The state's attorney said the division of criminal justice will take no further action.