Crime Meriden officers cleared in October 2018 police shooting that wounded one

22:50  12 november  2019
22:50  12 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The state’s attorney, Patrick J. Griffin, issued a report Tuesday saying that Detective Michael Fonda, Officer John Dorais and Officer Benjamin Pellegrini were justified in firing on Ryan Holley in a CVS parking lot on East Main Street the night of Oct. 18, 2018.

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Holley was hospitalized with serious injuries, but they were not life threatening, according to Griffin. He said the officers will face no charges.

Griffin wrote that "Holley failed to obey the officers’ commands to put down his firearm as he emerged from a moving vehicle in the CVS parking lot, compelling the officers’ use of deadly physical force.”

Griffin and his office made a number of attempts to speak with Holley about the incident, but he declined, they said.

The officers had been following Holley’s car, believing he was involved in drug sales, onto I-691 from West Main Street, officials said.

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While on the highway, the officers, in an unmarked Toyota SUV, pulled alongside Holley’s vehicle, but did not recognize the men inside it, including Holley.

The officers continued along the highway, and took exit 10 onto Route 15. As they were leaving the highway, they saw Holley’s car drive up at a high speed, officials said. Holley’s vehicle speed up and pulled alongside the officers’ vehicle on Route 15.

The officers then reported hearing an “apparent gunshot,” officials said. Two of the officers reported that they saw a muzzle flash in the car. They said they believed they were being fired on.

The officers pulled behind Holley’s vehicle and followed it off Route 15 and then into the CVS parking lot.

While in the parking lot, Holley got out of the vehicle while it was still moving and could be seen with a gun in his left hand, officials said.

The officers stopped, got out of their SUV, identified themselves and then told Holley to drop the gun. Officials said that Holley did not drop his gun, so the three officers fired, hitting him several times.

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In an interview with state police detectives, Holley said he had pulled the gun in his car as a warning, but it went off by accident.

“So, that’s when I pulled off, pulled into the CVS and I got out, I had the gun on me. Once they got out, they identified themselves as officers that’s when I backed off, I was like all right, cool and they shot me and that was it,” Holley told investigators. “I expected them to do that if they were police officers so I’m not mad at the situation at all so, I’m not mad at all.”

This is the second police shooting investigation closed by Griffin in recent weeks. Last month, Griffin concluded that Hamden Officer Devin Eaton was unjustified in opening fire on a car during an April traffic stop in New Haven and recommended Eaton face charges.

Eaton was then charged by state police with assault and reckless endangerment.


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