Hamden Police Hunt Accused Murderer, Arrest Alleged Accomplice

Police have charged a 33-year-old East Haven man in connection with a fatal shooting in a Hamden home last Sunday and are looking for a second suspect who is "considered armed and extremely dangerous."

William Coutermash, 33, was arrested Thursday on multiple charges, including felony murder, in the shooting that killed Larry Dildy, 56, at his apartment on Circular Avenue in Hamden on Oct. 19.

Police are also searching for a second suspect, 38-year-old Nicholas Papantoniou, who is on the run and considered armed and dangerous.

Papantoniou has lived on Oprington Street in Hamden and Bright Street in New Haven and is wanted on charges of felony murder and second-degree assault, police said.

According to police, Dildy answered a knock at the door and a man entered his second-floor apartment Oct. 19. He was shot and possibly stabbed during a fight that ensued. Dildy was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died of his injuries about three hours later.

Police said during a Friday afternoon press conference that Coutermash was not in the room during the murder but played a part in the home invasion that resulted in Dildy's death. Coutermash is cooperating with authorities.

Coutermash has been charged with felony murder, conspiracy to commit home invasion, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, removing identification marks on a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Authorities said after the shooting that it did not appear to be a random incident. The murder case remains under investigation.

State of Connecticut Division of Scientific Services, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the New Haven State's Attorney's office assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with information on the crime or Papantoniou's whereabouts is urged to call Hamen police right away at 203-230-4041.

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