Waterbury officers were taking a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation into custody when they noticed two SUVs revving their engines and driving at a high speed towards the officers, police said. The SUVs, which later turned out to be stolen, crashed into several police cars.
The incident started when officers responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 3:30 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene they reportedly found a man who was dead. During a search for the suspect, they were directed to his apartment.
"As they (Special Response Team) moved in, they could see he was holding an AR-15 and officers asked to see his hands," Chief Craig said. "The man shook his head, 'negative' and there was an exchange of gunfire between this suspect and the SRT officers."
Starting Monday, officers must identify themselves as “police” and announce their purpose as “search warrant” before entering any domicile — regardless of whether a judge signed off on an “unannounced” or “no-knock” entry.
Mark Lomax, the former executive director of NTOA, said it’s time to take a “serious look” at “ending the dangerous practice of no-knock warrants and raids,” outside of extenuating circumstances.