According to police, around 6:45 p.m., officials attempted to stop a vehicle on Chapman Street in the area of Chapman Court in New Britain. Authorities said the people inside the vehicle were suspected of being involved in a series of violent carjackings in New Britain and in surrounding towns over the past two weeks.
A police chase then began before ending with a series of gunfire.
During a press conference, authorities stated that three people inside the car were struck by rounds from police. Officials say one suspect inside the vehicle died as a result of their injuries.
The other two suspects were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.
Officials say no officers were injured, but that they were taken to the hospital as well as a precaution.
Police said the people inside the car had at least one gun on them.
New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart announced that Chamberlain Elementary School, which is located on Chapman Street, will be closed on Friday to help ensure the community is safe while the investigation continues. Mayor Stewart said the city does not believe anyone is in danger, stating, “Most importantly, we want our children and our families to know there is no immediate threat to them in the area at this time.”
Police say other streets in the area where the incident took place will be closed for the next 24 hours.
The investigation is being handled by Connecticut State Police.