Four people have been arrested in connection with a Mansfield shooting investigation that began in April, according to state police.
According to police, on April 6 troopers responded to calls reporting a large disturbance at 137 Spring Hill Road in Mansfield. When they arrived the incident was winding down and the people on scene were not cooperative, so troopers cleared the scene.
Shortly after, Willimantic police reported that the Windham Hospital emergency room had an adult female patient with a cut on her head caused by a gunshot at 137 Spring Hill Road.
Troopers returned to the scene and seized evidence. Eastern District Major Crimes responded to head the investigation.
On April 7, Michelle Martinez, 47, of Brook Street in Willimantic was arrested. She faces numerous charges including criminal attempt to commit murder, first degree assault, second degree breach of peace, unlawful discharge of a firearm.
Maria Fiasconaro, 28, of Boulder Lane in Mansfield, and Dalia Acosta-Santiago, 34, of West Park Street in Willimantic, were also arrested and each charged with first-degree assault and second degree breach of peace.
Police said through the course of investigation they determined the suspects may have tampered with evidence at the time of the crime. They filed arrest warrants for all three women on additional charges.
On July 1, both Martinez and Acosta-Santiago were arrested once again. Martinez was charged with witness intimidation and interfering with an officer. Acosta-Santiago was charged with witness intimidation: threatening, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and interfering with an officer. Both were issued on $250,000 bonds and are next scheduled to appear in court in August.
Police said Fiasconaro turned herself in on July 6 when she learned of an active warrant for her arrest. She was charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, false statement, and interfering with an officer. She was issued a $250,000 bond and is next scheduled in court on August 19.
Ernest Kinsler, 28, of Goodwin Road in Canterbury was also arrested in connection with the case. Police said they had a search warrant for Kinsler and his vehicle. Police said they located Kinsler and conducted the search on July 19 around 5:30 p.m. During the search, they found a bullet in his vehicle. Police said Kinsler is a convicted felon from a previous unrelated case.
He was arrested and charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. He was held on a $100,000 bond.