MERIDEN — Police arrested three people after a car chase and gunfire along West Main Street in Meriden on Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Darren McKay, police spokesman, said police received several reports of gunshots shortly after 2 p.m. in the area of West Main Street and Centennial Avenue.
Witnesses told police an SUV appeared to be chasing another car, with the occupants shooting at each other. The car, a gray sedan, crashed into Bart’s Leather & Shoe Repair at 515 W. Main St. and three people ran off. The car had multiple bullet holes in its rear, according to McKay.
Police located the suspects several blocks away. A handgun was found on one of the suspects and another handgun was recovered near where two of the suspects were found hiding.
Officers searching the area also found what McKay described as an undetermined amount of marijuana.
The SUV fled in an unknown direction prior to the arrival of police and the occupants were not located, McKay said. Police do not have an exact description of the vehicle.
Police shut down West Main between Fowler and Sylvan avenues while they investigated.
Police did not receive any initial reports of injuries. Additional details, including the identities of those detained and the charges against them, were not available, McKay said.
“Although this investigation is still ongoing, the three males in custody and the two handguns recovered are the result of the exceptional police work that was done by our patrol division,” McKay said in a written statement.
“The quick response, the perimeter that was quickly established, and the diligent efforts by every officer and detective involved, allowed us to apprehend the three males who fled the scene and to remove two more handguns off of our city’s streets.”
Police asked anyone with information, including video surveillance footage, to contact Detective Michael Fonda at (203) 630-4178.
Meriden Council of Neighborhoods President Holly Wills commended police for the swift arrest.
“All I really want to say is how proud we are of the Meriden Police Department for apprehending these individuals so quickly. Because of what they did, it kept the incident under control is what it did,” Wills said.
The area where the incident occurred is within City Council Area 4 — Councilor Bob Williams Jr.’s district.
Williams, like Wills, praised police in their handling of the incident.
“I think the department is doing an absolutely phenomenal job curbing these bad elements from the city,” Williams said.