UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Maurice “Mo” Beall, of Seymour. He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, interfering with a police officer, assault on a police officer, evading responsibility at a motor vehicle accident and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
He was held on a $500,000 bond and will appear in court Monday.
Beall is a convicted felon.
ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)– One person was wounded when an Ansonia police officer was forced to shoot following a traffic stop, according to police.
Police said the suspect went to use his car as a weapon, driving directly at the officer. In fear for his safety, the officer fired at the suspect.
The officer fired multiple rounds and hit the suspect in the upper torso.
The suspect was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
The incident began when Ansonia police responded to a two-car crash near Maple Street Bridge. According to state police, the officer saw the suspect fleeing the scene and was able to remove the suspect from the car.
That’s when officials said that the suspect assaulted the officer before getting back in the car and fleeing the scene. He then drove directly at the officer.
“I saw the cop had his foot the guy’s car, and he told him, don’t move or I’m going to shoot,” said Quanesha Gibbs, who witnessed the incident from her window. “He shot through the guy’s window, and then the guy drove off and he kept shooting.”
Police found the suspect in Derby with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.
State police are investigating the incident.