Montville, CONN. - A female Montville police officer is recovering from injuries sustained during a violent encounter on Sunday afternoon. An altercation with a man causing a disturbance at an area motel led to the officer being beaten with her own taser and her ultimately firing upon the suspect.
Police were called to the Chesterfield Lodge motel at 1596 Hartford-New London Turnpike on Sunday around 2:30 p.m. in response to a man causing a disturbance. The motel had stated the man had been living there but had not been paying his rent.
After the officers asked to man to leave the property, an altercation ensued according to WTNH. The man grabbed a female officer's taser and "began striking the officer in the head with it repeatedly," according to a press release made on Monday. The female officer was able to reach her firearm and shoot the suspect at least once. The suspect was transported to the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich where he later died from his injuries.
The officer was transported to L&M Hospital where she had to receive multiple staples in her head to close the wounds.
Connecticut State Troopers from Troop E responded to the scene, along with the State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad and the Windham County State's Attorney's Office. The man has not been identified, pending notification to his relatives.
The Montville Police Department publicly thanked neighboring departments for all of their help during the incident. They thanked the New London Police Department for sending officers to be with them and the New London Police Union for sending dinner to their department. They covet your continued prayers during this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured Montville Police Officer.
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