Undercover Officer Recovering After Being Shot in Waterbury, Conn.

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A Naugatuck police officer was shot while conducting an undercover operation in Waterbury Wednesday night, according to police.

It happened just after 10 p.m. on Chase Parkway near the entrance ramp to Interstate 84 East.

Officers assigned to the Connecticut State Police Violent Crimes Task Force were conducting undercover surveillance when a suspect or suspects in an unknown vehicle opened fire on their car, police said.

Two officers were in the undercover police vehicle and the officer who was driving the car suffered a graze wound to the right shoulder and right chest from one of the bullets and was taken to the hospital to be treated for what police called a minor injury.

The officer was treated at Waterbury Hospital and has been released, Waterbury police chief Fernando Spagnolo said during a briefing on Thursday morning.

Police have not released the name of the officer who was shot.

State police are investigating and federal authorities will be investigating as well.

The Connecticut State Police Violent Crimes Task Force is a collaboration between state police, and police from Waterbury, Shelton, Naugatuck, Wolcott and Watertown.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Waterbury Police Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941.

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