A pursuit that started in New Britain on Monday night ended with a crash and gunfire at a busy intersection in Newington, according to police.
New Britain police were trying to stop a vehicle on East Street around 6:20 p.m., but the driver fled into Newington and the driver crashed at the corner of Main Street and Robbins Avenue in Newington, police said.
As officers were taking 35-year-old Rodney Kincaid, of New Britain, into custody, a New Britain police officer shot a service weapon, police said. Kincaid was not injured.
A few neighbors were outside and watched it unfold.
“The cop came around the corner and they were chasing somebody,” Michael Defurio said.
Defurio said some of the friends he was watching with ran for cover after hearing gunfire.
“The cop hit him and then you heard a gunshot,” Defurio said. “We didn’t know who was shooting, if it was police or if it was whoever they were chasing.”
As police took Kincaid into custody, the vehicle he had been driving rolled right into Defurio’s yard and crashed into a van.
“No one was in it. The car just must have been in drive and it was still going at a good speed,” Defurio said.
An evidence marker was placed over a single shell casing and crime scene tape covered a New Britain Police cruiser with front end damage.
“It’s usually a quiet neighborhood,” Sebastian Ciarcia said. “You don’t see much of this around, and hearing shots fired, it’s alarming. You got kids in the area all the time and people walking around.”
Kincaid has been charged with operating a motor vehicle under suspension, reckless driving and engaging officers in pursuit and possession of narcotics.
Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the Newington Police Department Detective Division at 860-666-8445.