HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police official says one of his officers should be fired for shooting his gun 13 times at an unarmed couple’s car and wounding a 22-year-old woman.
Acting Hamden Police Chief John Cappiello made the recommendation Tuesday to the town’s police commission to fire Officer Devin Eaton.
Eaton has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of assault and reckless endangerment for the April 16 shooting in New Haven. A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for Eaton.
Authorities say Eaton and a Yale University officer shot at the couple’s car while investigating a reported attempted robbery in Hamden. The Yale officer wasn’t charged.
Officials said Eaton opened fire when the driver, Paul Witherspoon III, exited the car unexpectedly.
Witherspoon wasn’t hurt. His girlfriend, Stephanie Washington, suffered serious injuries.