Court file shows Norwich officer narrowly escaped a bullet

NORWICH – Less than an hour after police said a local man opened fire on an officer in his vehicle with an assault rifle, police received a call from the man’s mother telling him that he had “shot the police” and wanted to turn in, according to recently released court records.

A Norwich Police Report to District Attorney obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media on Friday sheds new light on the incident, in which police say 28-year-old Andrew O’Lone shot the seated officer “many” times in his patrol car.

The officer, who so far has not been identified by authorities, narrowly escaped gunfire as the car was hit at least seven times by gunfire, many of which hit the windshield “A few inches from the driver’s seat,” according to the report. The officer fell from his vehicle as he attempted to park it and retaliated with his service handgun, according to the report.

Neither was shot in the incident, police said, and O’Lone was later arrested without further incident.

O’Lone has been charged with attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault and assault on a police officer, authorities said. He has also been charged with offenses relating to possession of an assault weapon and a high capacity magazine, as well as first and second degree criminal mischief, police said earlier this week. O’Lone remains in custody on $ 1 million bail. We do not know if he has a lawyer representing him.

The shooting began minutes before 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to records. A caller reported hearing about four gunshots in the Westwood Park area, according to the report. The appellant told authorities that she saw a man dressed in dark clothes come out of the woods.

The officer involved in the shooting was driving south on Dunham Street about a quarter of a mile from the area where the first shots were reported when “an unknown individual emerged from the edge of the woods wearing police clothing. dark color, ”according to the report. The character fired “several shots” at the officer’s police car.

Body camera footage shows the officer crouching inside the car “in an attempt to avoid being hit by gunfire entering through the front windshield into the cockpit,” according to the report. “While trying to put the vehicle in the park, the officer [redacted] fell from the moving cruiser, regained [redacted] balance and retaliated on the accused, ”according to the report.

At this point, the alleged gunman fled, according to the report. The officer radioed that the gunman was holding a “long gun” and believed he had thrown it. Police set up a perimeter and located an “assault-type rifle”. According to authorities, state police who responded to help deal with the crime scene also found “numerous” .223 and .40 caliber shell casings, as well as a jacket that was worn by the gunman, according to authorities. authorities.

The agent was then taken to hospital with minor abrasions on the elbows and knees and for pain in the right hip.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. Norwich Police received a call from an out-of-state woman who identified herself as O’Lone’s mother. She said O’Lone called her and told her he had “an AR-15, I shot the police, and they hit me back,” according to the report.

The police were able to contact O’Lone via his cell phone, and he agreed to go to his apartment next door. When police attempted to question O’Lone at headquarters, he refused to answer questions without a lawyer and the interview “was immediately terminated”, according to the report.

It was not clear in the report how O’Lone allegedly obtained the weapon he is accused of using in the shooting.

The report stated that processing of the scene was not complete at the time of writing and “there is little information known about the make, model or serial number of the firearm”, but that the weapon “appeared to have a (30) magazine cartridge inserted into the magazine well.

The officer’s patrol car “suffered extensive damage from apparent gunfire,” including the front bumper, push bar, front windshield and rear windshield, all of which were damaged. totaled more than $ 1,500 in damages, according to police. A nearby resident’s SUV was also hit in an exchange of gunfire “behind the rear passenger door,” the report said.

The shooting is still under investigation. Inspector General Robert Devlin is investigating the Norwich officer’s use of force during the incident.

O’Lone remains in jail on $ 1 million bail and was next to appear in New London Superior Court on November 8, according to court records.

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