PD: Man shoots himself hours after domestic shooting

WTNH/Josh Scheinblum


NAUGATUCK & NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven, Naugatuck and state police are investigating two shootings.

Naugatuck police responded to Washington Street for a reported domestic dispute involving shots fired around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say a victim was shot in the back and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, the suspect, the victim’s estranged husband 29-year-old James Michael Batista, then fled the scene. Police say they traced Batista’s cell phone to New Haven. Police located his car on West Street, heading toward Congress Avenue.

“Mad cops just pulled up,” said witness, Mattathias Providence.

New Haven police say when Batista spotted them, he stopped suddenly, causing a Naugatuck police SUV to collide with Batista’s car. Police say that’s when Batista, who was sitting inside the car, shot himself in the head. He was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police say Batista died early Friday afternoon.

New Haven police are investigating the collision and Batista’s suicide. State Police Major Crimes is assisting Naugatuck with the domestic dispute that occurred earlier.

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