Police: Meriden woman fired gun at car with infant, adults inside

MERIDEN — A woman faces charges after police said he fired a gun toward a car with an infant and three adults inside.

Shanice Perez, 23, of Meriden, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with violation of a protective order, criminal possesion of a firearm, breach of peace, criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, criminal use of a firearm, and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

On Tuesday around 3:17 p.m. police responded to the area of West Main and North First streets for a report of shots fired, Lt. Darrin McKay said in a statement. Officers found a 9mm shell casing near the intersection.

Officers investigating learned Perez was running after another person on West Main Street, McKay said. There is a no contact protective order in place between Perez and the other person, McKay stated. The other person got into a car and Perez fired a round toward the car as it drove away. At the time of the incident an infant and three adults were inside the car.

Perez fled on West Main Street and was apprehended by police a short time later. Police obtained a search warrant for Perez’s home and found three 9mm bullets and a firearm holster, McKay said. Perez is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Police did not find the firearm used in the incident. Police believe Perez hid it or gave it to someone else in the area. Officers conducted an extensive search utilizing their firearm detection K9, Mika.

Police noted “the recovery of this firearm is critically important to public safety,” and are asking for the public’s help. Anyone who witnessed anything or has information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Thomas Giannakopoulos at 203-630-6339 or at tgiannakopoulos@meridenct.gov.

Perez was held on $1.5 million bond. Her court date information was not immediately available.

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