NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A massive manhunt is underway in Connecticut as police search for the suspect who they say shot a New Haven Police captain multiple times and then took off. 

According to reports, ShotSpotter technology picked up the gunfire just before 9:30 a.m. Monday night. Captain Anthony Duff was on-duty in the downtown area when he came upon the scene of a shooting that had just unfolded.

Captain Duff apparently stumbled onto the scene of the alleged shooting at the intersection of Henry Street and Dixwell Avenue in New Haven on Monday. One of the men had allegedly shot the other, fatally wounding him. As Captain Duff approached the shooting suspect, the gunman allegedly opened fire, striking Duff multiple times. 

 

Captain Duff called out over the radio for backup after the shots were fired. Other officers were on the scene just moments later, and were able to apply life-saving tourniquets before medical emergency crews arrived and transported Duff to the hospital.

“Captain Duff is in the operating room and he has been stabilized. He is going to be OK, thankfully,” Police Chief Tony Reyes said at a press briefing at Yale New Haven Hospital just before midnight. 

Now, a massive manhunt is underway as police search for the man that nearly took their brother’s life. 

 

The suspect was described the suspect as a black man with long braids, muscular build and a goatee who was wearing a black shirt and pants. Reyes said they were not aware of any vehicle, but were ruling out that one was involved.

Police did not release the identity of the man who was killed in the initial shooting. Reyes noted that several city blocks and would be blocked off and considered a live crime scene as units investigated the details of the shooting. Residents in the neighborhood were asked to remain in their homes on Monday night while police investigated the area.

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Reyes said the ShotSpotter system used by New Haven authorities first identified that shots had been fired in the downtown area Monday evening. The system alerts police to gunfire so that they can appropriately respond.

All was quiet for a few minutes.

“The next transmission we received was Capt. Duff calling for more units. and saying that he himself had been struck by gunfire,” Reyes said. “The individual that he saw being shot has since been called, and is deceased.”

Captain Duff, New Haven Police Department (NHPD)

 

The New Haven Register reported that Duff was named as the department’s public information officer in January. They said that in his 24 years on the force, he’s also served as the district manager for Dixwell, a field training officer and additionally oversaw the internal affairs division and departmental records.

“He’s a hero,” Reyes said.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to contact the New Haven police anonymous tip line at 203-946-6296 or text CRIMES (274637) with “NHPD” and your tip in the body of the text. You can also email [email protected]

 

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