Police officer, suspect injured after high-speed chase in Washington

WASHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)–A suspect and two law enforcement officials have been injured in a shooting following a car chase that ended in Washington on Monday afternoon. The pursuit began around 11:30 a.m. and ended on Bell Hill Road in Washington. Woodbury police and state troopers were involved in the chase.

Police had been looking for the man who led them on the high-speed chase since Friday, following a domestic incident. Police said the suspect stole a neighbor’s car, which had a weapon in it. Multiple police departments were involved in trying to find the suspect, but Woodbury police tracked him down, and that’s when he led them on a high-speed chase.

Witness Kelly Kurz said that after the man crashed, he seemed like he had nothing to lose.

“He said, ‘Kill me! Kill me! I’m going to spend the rest of my life in jail,” she said.

“The suspect remained in the driver’s seat of that vehicle, attempted to ram the police vehicles, and knowing that the suspect was armed, he was ordered to surrender and exit the vehicle. It is reported that he pointed a weapon toward the officer, causing the trooper and the officer to discharge their service weapon,” said Lieutenant Paul Vance of state police.

Police said they finally brought down the man with a taser after he attempted to cut his own throat with a knife. The man’s identity will not be released on Monday. He is being treated at Waterbury Hospital for injuries to his neck. The police officer involved is being treated at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

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