Police Shut Down Illegal Club, Arrest 2 After Fatal Shooting in New Britain

Police have shut down an illegal after-hours club and arrested two people after a man was shot and killed in New Britain early Sunday morning.

Reynaldo Caban, 44, of New Britain and Jose Bauza-Negron, 34, of New Britain, are scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday after the shooting death of Benny Jose Rosado, 37, of New Britain.

Evidence and witness statements indicate that Caban shot and killed Rosado after he pointed a gun at him and was aggressive toward others in the area, police said. Rosado also fired his weapon, but didn't shoot anyone. Because of the circumstances, Caban isn't being charged in connection to Rosado's death, but he is facing weapons charges because he is a convicted felon who doesn't have a permit to carry a gun, police said. However, the case remains under investigation.

After Rosado was shot, Bauza-Negron attacked him and took his gun from scene before police could get there, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the area of 450 South Main Street after an anonymous caller reported that a man had been shot.

Officers located Rosado behind the parking lot with several gunshot wounds to his body. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday.

An illegal after-hours club was operating out of the back of 450 South Main Street, where alcohol was sold and consumed in the club, which didn't have the proper permits or licenses, police said. Activity was going on at the club when the shooting happened.

Police have shut down the illegal club and are working with state officials to bring sanctions against the business, police said.

The New Britain Police Department Criminal Investigation and Patrol Divisions are investigating along with the state attorney’s office.

Police arrested Caban and Bauza-Negron late Sunday night. Bauza-Negron faces charges of second-degree assault, tampering with evidence, carrying a pistol without a permit and theft of a firearm. Caban was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. Both were held on $500,000 bonds.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned in court on Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Britain police department at 860-826-3131. Anonymous tips can be left at 860-826-3199 or be submitted through the New Britain Police Department website.

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