MERIDEN — Police announced Friday that they have an arrest warrant charging a city man in connection with a shooting last month, warning the public that the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
The warrant charges Justin Diaz, 28, with first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and criminal use of a firearm in the April 19 shooting on South First Street. One person was seriously injured.
”If encountered please maintain a safe distance and call the police,” police said in a statement. Police also urged Diaz to turn himself in peacefully.
Police have not released the name or current condition of the shooting victim.
In the same statement, police asked that anyone with information on the rash of shootings since January contact Detective James Femia at 203-630-6219. Police are investigating eight incidents of gun violence, including a homicide in January.
Earlier this week, police announced Pedro Montalvo, 16, of 882 N. Colony Road, has been charged with first-degree assault, stealing a firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, and violation of pistol permit requirements. The charges stem from a Feb. 11 incident outside his home in which, according to police, he shot another teenager.
Montalvo’s case was transferred to adult court.