2 Teens Charged After Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in New Britain

State police have arrested an 18-year-old Bloomfield man and charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with an altercation that ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting on Chapman Street in New Britain Thursday night.

New Britain police said they were attempting to stop a vehicle around 6:43 p.m. Thursday because it was suspected to have been involved in several carjackings over the last two weeks.

One of those carjackings was on Monday and one victim was pistol-whipped and the other was shot at, according to officials.

While police tried to stop the vehicle and arrest the three occupants inside, more than one New Britain officer fired a gun, police said.

One suspect, identified as 20-year-old Zoe Dowdell of Bloomfield, died from his injuries, while the other two people are expected to recover, New Britain police said.

State police identified one suspect as 18-year-old Noah Young, of Bloomfield. He was transported to a hospital in New Britain to be treated for a graze wound and has been released. Police arrested him on charges including illegal possession of a narcotic, possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and risk of injury to a child. Bond was set at $100,000.

A 15-year-old boy was issued a juvenile summons for carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a pistol without a permit and possession of narcotics.

Police said they found a handgun inside the vehicle and seized it.

Connecticut State Police are investigating. The officers involved are on restricted duty as the investigation continues.

“Mostly importantly, we want our children and our families to know there is no immediate threat to them in the area at this time,” New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said.

Chamberlain Elementary School was closed Friday because of its proximity to the investigation. A notice on the Consolidated School District of New Britain said school will be open Monday.

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