Fairfield police warn against confronting car thieves after gunshot fired during break-in

A homeowner told News 12 he was leaving to grab coffee when he saw someone rummaging through his car. The homeowner said he then chased after the suspect to try to get the license plate of the car the suspect came in.

May 31, 2023, 4:37 PM

Updated 319 days ago

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Fairfield police are warning against confronting car thieves after a gunshot was fired during a recent break-in.
It happened on Cummings Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
A homeowner told News 12 he was leaving to grab coffee when he saw someone rummaging through his car. The homeowner said he then chased after the suspect to try to get the license plate of the car the suspect came in.
"What unfortunately happened was this suspect had a firearm and fired a round, unbeknownst if it was shot at the homeowner, but definitely fired in the area," Lt. Michael Paris said.
Paris said the suspect took off in a getaway car. No one was hurt.
"Unfortunately now, people are bringing firearms and weapons to take these cars, which is a scary thing," Paris said. "Be a good witness, not a hero. Let us do the police work."
Police offer these additional safety tips:
1. Confronting individuals engaged in criminal activities can be dangerous and unpredictable. Prioritize your personal safety and that of your family by avoiding direct confrontation. Remember, material possessions can be replaced, but lives cannot.
2. As soon as you notice any suspicious activity, such as someone attempting to break into a vehicle, immediately dial 911. The police are trained and equipped to respond promptly and appropriately to such incidents.
3. When reporting the incident to the police, be prepared to provide important details, such as the location, physical description of the individuals involved, and any additional relevant information. This will help law enforcement respond effectively in an attempt to apprehend the suspect(s).
4. If you can do so safely and discreetly, attempt to observe the situation from a secure location, taking note of any relevant details or vehicle descriptions. This information can greatly assist law enforcement in their investigation and increase the chances of apprehending the suspect(s).


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