In the hours before the man accused of assaulting and stabbing his common-law wife and stabbing a New Britain police officer will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court, witnesses shared details of what they saw early Sunday morning.
Darrell Weed, who lives on Emily Drive, said someone, presumably the female victim, rang his doorbell around 2 a.m., just before police arrived.
When he opened the door, he saw a woman on his front lawn being kicked by a man. Within minutes, police arrived at the scene and the same man charged at them before taking one of their cruisers and crashing it, Weed said.
When police responded to investigate reports of a domestic situation, Christophen Degrinis, 51, charged at the officers with a knife and stabbed officer Bruce Moro twice before jumping into a police cruiser in an attempt to flee, and crashing into a nearby fence before being taken into custody, police said.
Police said Denigris also tried to stab a second officer in the chest, but notebooks in his shirt pocket stopped the blade from penetrating.
Weed said he was shocked to see what was unfolding in his otherwise quiet neighborhood. He thought the female victim was going to be killed.
Neither Degrinis nor the female victim lives in the neighborhood. She and the officer were both taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Degrinis is being held on $2 million and has two outstanding domestic incidents with the same woman, according to officials.
Captain James Wardwell said in a statement that Officer Moro, who has been with the department since 2009, is being treated for serious injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.