Cheshire man shot by police after firing at officers pleads guilty

Cheshire man shot by police after firing at officers pleads guilty

reporter photo

CHESHIRE — A local man pleaded guilty to charges in connection with an officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex last year. He is due to be sentenced in January.

Cameron Pernin, 30, of 137 Fairway Drive, was originally charged with risk of injury to a minor, first-degree threatening, third-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of attempted first-degree assault.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempt to commit first-degree assault, and one count each of third-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. He is due to be sentenced on Jan. 23, 2020.

Pernin was shot in the hand by police after firing a gun at officers during a June 2018 incident.

Police received a call about 7 p.m. on June 22, 2018 from a woman who said her friend was involved in a domestic violence incident and may be barricaded inside her condominium at 137 Fairway Drive, according to Pernin’s arrest warrant. The woman received texts and videos of Pernin’s behavior, which included Pernin’s infant daughter.

The “initial argument started because (Pernin) called their infant daughter a (expletive) and told her to choke on her bottle,” the warrant stated.

The woman spoke with Pernin on the phone and asked to pick up the mother and infant. Pernin, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, told her the mother could leave, but the infant would stay with him, adding that he would shoot any officers who came to the door, the warrant said.

A short time after police arrived on Fairway Drive, the mother left the house carrying the infant. Pernin then came out and fired his gun at police, the warrant said. Officers returned fire, striking Pernin in the left hand. After being struck, he went back in the home and barricaded himself, the warrant said. Pernin surrendered about 20 minutes later and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

After taking Pernin into custody, officers searched the condominium and found a semi-automatic handgun on the kitchen counter that appeared to have blood on it, the warrant said.

The mother of the infant told police the incident began when Pernin pulled out a can of Mace and sprayed her with it. The mother took their daughter and a dog, barricaded herself in a bedroom, and called relatives, the warrant said. Pernin was able to get into the bedroom, grabbed her by the arm and then grabbed the woman’s gun, which she had holstered on her waistband.

At one point, the mother said, Pernin pointed the gun at her head and the infant’s head.

Police recovered 14 rifle casings that matched the officers’ weapons and two shell casings from a 9 mm weapon matching the description of the one in Pernin’s possession. 

Pernin has been held on $1.25 million bond since his arrest last year.
Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ