Police ID Deceased Man Who Was Suspected in New Haven ‘Happy Halloween’ Stabbing

One of the victims shot and killed the stabbing suspect, according to police.

Police are investigating after a stabbing led to a deadly shooting in New Haven on Tuesday night. One of the victims said the man with the knife said, "Happy Halloween," then stabbed him.

Officers were dispatched to Sperry Street at Goffe Street around 10 p.m. after getting a report of an assault with gunfire.

One victim, a 27-year-old New Haven man, told officers that he was walking on Sperry Street from Whalley Avenue toward Goffe Street when he was confronted by a man holding a knife. He said the man with the knife said "Happy Halloween" and then stabbed him in the elbow.

Police have identified the suspect as 31-year-old Sirvon Strickland, of New Haven.

The victim's cousin, a 24-year-old Hamden man, was waiting in his car. When he heard the commotion, he told police he got out of his car and Strickland stabbed him in the bicep.

The man from Hamden had a gun on him and Strickland in the chest. Officers said he has a valid pistol permit and his gun was lawfully registered to him. The shooter has not been charged.

Strickland has died, police said.

Neither of the stabbing victims' wounds are considered life-threatening, according to officials.

The incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at (203) 946-6304 or the anonymous tip line at (203) 946-6296. You can also text a tip by texting "NHPD" plus your message to 274637 or you can email officers at ecic@newhavenct.gov.

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