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Meriden man charged in New Britain slaying

MERIDEN — A Meriden man was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-yearold man in New Britain Sunday night.

Jonathan Gibbs, 26, of 92 Pettit Drive, has been charged with murder and is being held on $3 million bond. He will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court at 2 p.m. today.

Shortly before midnight Sunday, New Britain police responded to a report of a man shot in the area of 15 Kelsey St. Issac Smith, of New Britain, was found in a nearby driveway suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain campus, where he was later pronounced dead. The Meriden Police Department’s detective division assisted New Britain police in the investigation, along with the state’s attorney’s office. Pettit Drive is a suburban- like dead end off Main Street in South Meriden, not far from Holy Angels Church.

A neighbor of Gibbs said he was aware Gibbs had firearms in the home, but was told they were for hunting. The neighbor, who asked not to be named, said Gibbs helped neighbors clear their driveways after the snowstorm in February. He remembered that loud noise was an issue during a Halloween party last year at Gibbs’ home. Police responded but Gibbs also asked people who were causing problems to leave.



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