A New Haven police officer was shot after responding to a car crash early Friday morning and residents and two schools are sheltering in place as police search for the shooter.
It happened on Chapel Street around 1:30 a.m., according to police.
The officer, Chad Curry, a nine-year-veteran of the department, responded to the scene of the crash and the driver tried to leave the scene, police said. The officer attempted to stop the person who then opened fire on the officer, according to New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson.
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Curry did shoot back at the suspect, but police aren't sure if that person was hit.
School officials said two schools, Family Academy of Multilingual Exploration and John S. Martinez School, are sheltering in place due to the police activity in the neighborhood and classes are proceeding.
Police have issued a temporary shelter in place for residents living within the perimeter of River Street (south), Lloyd Street (west), Exchange Street (north), and Popular Street (east). and said they are hoping to lift the shelter-in-place shortly.
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Residents who see a suspicious male or blood are asked to call police and report it immediately.
Curry was shot in the ear and the shoulder. Fellow officers brought him to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was treated and released later in the morning, police said.
Police continue to search for the suspect. They said he has a thin build, is approximately 5-feet-10 and was wearing an orange shirt and white hat.
He was last seen on Blatchley Avenue going toward Saltonstall Avenue.
Police ask that any witnesses who have not yet spoken with the Police to call the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Division at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS (8477), or text “NHPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES).