Witness speaks about Hartford police-involved shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Danielle Mullaney saw a Hartford police officer shoot a man in the alleyway next door to her house on Palm Street.

She says 22 Tyrinda Thompson ran through her backyard with a knife in each hand. Police were right behind him, yelling at him to drop the knives when they shot him. In light of Furguson and Baltimore, Hartford police did something historic, releasing almost all of the information in less than 24 hours. They released the dispatch recordings.

Here is the transcript of part of one:

Officer: “Put the knife down. Put the knife down please. Have a seat. We just want to talk. Come on.”

Police named the officer, Tyrell Jenkins, a 3 year veteran with a perfect record. They showed pictures of the screen, the two knives, the tazer Jenkins used and the overturned trash can that was pushed at the officer before he opened fire.

Danielle Mullaney saw the whole thing.

“He had the next door neighbors’ trash can up and shoved it toward them, and then lunged at them,” Mullaney said. “Once he lunged at them, he got out of my view on this side of the garage and they ended up shooting.”

She says that though he will be arrested, she feels sorry for him. She hopes he can get into the system and get the mental health help that he needs, and then get back home with his mother.

“I work with mentally challenged adults, and I think they need to offer him the services. Jail time isn’t going to do anything for him for a mental health issue,” she said.

Dep. Chief Brian Foley says while he will be taken into custody, they will wait until he recovers from his injuries to arrest him.

“There is a warrant for attempt to commit assault in the first, and caring a dangerous weapon, and he is in recovery right now so we don’t want to interfere twitch that and there is no hurry to get it served.”

Right now Thompson is listed in stable condition.

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