Probe into officer-involved shooting in Meriden last year continues

Probe into officer-involved shooting in Meriden last year continues



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MERIDEN — An investigation into an officer-involved shooting in October is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

In an email this week, New Haven state’s attorney Patrick J. Griffin said the probe should be done “in the next few weeks or so.”

The shooting occurred Oct. 18 around 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy on East Main Street. Undercover officers in the city’s Crime Suppression Unit shot and injured city resident Ryan Holley, who was armed, after following Holley’s 1999 Buick Century in an unmarked SUV for several miles. Holley has not been charged in the incident.

“I have all the materials from (Connecticut State Police) and will be finishing my review over the next few weeks or so,” Griffin wrote in the email. He added that his office has been busy investigating a separate officer-involved shooting in New Haven involving Hamden and Yale University police last month that injured a 22-year-old woman. 

“Unfortunately the Hamden officer-involved case is taking up a tremendous amount of time at the moment,” Griffin wrote.

The amount of time it takes to complete an investigation of an officer-involved shooting can vary depending on the facts and evidence of the case, Griffin has previously said.  It can take investigators upwards of 12 to 18 months to complete in some cases, while other investigations can wrap up in a matter of weeks. It is standard procedure for state police and prosecutors to investigate when a municipal officer fires a gun.

“It’s a balance because, on one hand, you want it done quickly so the community and everyone involved knows what happened, but on the other hand, you want it done right,” Griffin told the Record-Journal in January.

A Meriden police spokesman didn’t return a request for comment Wednesday. 

mzabierek@record-journal.com
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