An undercover police officer conducting surveillance in Connecticut was shot when someone fired multiple shots at his police car, authorities said.
The shooting occurred just after 10 p.m. Wednesday as officers assigned to a multi-agency violent crimes task force were conducting surveillance near an Interstate 84 entrance ramp in Waterbury, police said.
“An unknown vehicle fired on one of our undercover cars with two police officers inside,” Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said.
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The driver of the car, a Naugatuck police officer, received a scratch on his right shoulder, Spagnolo said at a news conference Thursday. The injured officer was treated at a hospital and released, the chief said.
Details, including a description of the shooter’s vehicle, were not immediately available. Connecticut State Police and federal officials were assisting with the investigation, Spagnolo said.
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The shooting occurred about 12 miles from the city of Bristol, where two police officers were shot dead and a third wounded in an apparent ambush last month. The suspect in the October 12 shooting in Bristol, Nicholas Brutcher, was fatally shot by police.