5 Officers on Restricted Duty After Police-Involved Shooting in New Britain

An investigation is underway into a police-involved shooting in New Britain Thursday that led to the death of a 20-year-old Bloomfield man and police said Monday that five police officers fired their weapons and have been placed on restricted duty.

The incident started at 6:43 p.m. Thursday as New Britain police officers were trying to stop a vehicle suspected to have been involved in several carjackings over the prior two weeks, according to police.

The officers tried to stop the car at Chapman Street and Chapman Court and arrest the three occupants inside and several officers fired, police said.

New Britain police have identified the officers involved as Detective Marcin Ratajczak, Detective Christopher Kiely, Officer Michael Slavin, Officer Kyle Jones and Officer Chad Nelson.

The officers have been placed on desk duty as Connecticut State Police investigate, under the supervision of the Middletown State’s Attorney’s Office.

The New Britain Police Department is conducting a complete internal administrative investigation and said the officers are cooperating fully with the investigations.

State police have arrested an 18-year-old Bloomfield man and charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with the altercation that ended in the shooting.

One suspect, identified as 20-year-old Zoe Dowdell of Bloomfield, died from his injuries, while the other two people are expected to recover, New Britain police said.

State police identified one suspect as 18-year-old Noah Young, of Bloomfield. He was transported to a hospital in New Britain to be treated for a graze wound and has been released. Police arrested him on charges including illegal possession of a narcotic, possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and risk of injury to a child. Bond was set at $100,000.

A 15-year-old boy was issued a juvenile summons for carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a pistol without a permit and possession of narcotics.

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