Trooper involved in West Haven fatal shooting on desk duty

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State police say the trooper accused of shooting and killing a carjacking suspect will serve desk duty while authorities investigate.

Trooper Brian North will not interact with the public and will not drive a police car during the investigation into Mubarak Soulemane's death.

The shooting took place in West Haven earlier this month. The Middlesex County prosecutor Michael Gailor is overseeing the investigation.

News 12 reported that the incident started on Main Avenue in Norwalk Wednesday, Jan. 15 outside of the Verizon Wireless store, where police say Soulemane, 19, used a knife to carjack a person inside of a white sedan.

State police pursued the suspect's car on I-95 and a chase began. The chase was caught on state traffic cameras, and showed the driver colliding with other vehicles before ending up in West Haven underneath Exit 43.

Police say the driver of the stolen car also intentionally struck officers’ cruisers. The vehicle was eventually stopped in traffic on Campbell Avenue in West Haven, about 30 miles away from where it was stolen.

State police say an altercation occurred with the suspect before officers opened fire on Soulemane. He was pronounced dead at Yale New Haven Hospital.

 

 

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