Meriden, CT – Five Meriden police officers were hospitalized on Monday night after carload of fleeing suspects crashed into multiple officers and rammed several patrol cars while trying to escape from police.
The incident began at approximately 5:20 p.m., after members of the Meriden Police Department’s (MPD) Patrol Division spotted a red Chevrolet Impala matching the description of a vehicle involved in a recent shooting, MPD Captain John Mennone said in a press release.
The officers called out their location and asked for additional units to respond to help identify the individuals inside the suspect vehicle.
When the occupants of the vehicle saw police approaching them on foot, the driver rammed the Impala into two marked patrol vehicles and one unmarked unit, Capt. Mennone said.
“Officers that had approached on foot were struck by the vehicle as the vehicle proceeded to ram both cruisers and the unmarked a second time,” according to the captain.
The driver was able to ram the patrol vehicles with enough force to create a space where he could drive over the sidewalk to escape.
He sped off westbound down West Main Street, but additional officers soon located the suspect vehicle in the area of Lockwood Street and Ames Avenue, according to Capt. Mennone.
Police said the suspects bailed out of the Impala and took off on foot.
They were apprehended after a brief foot pursuit.
Investigators said they recovered two weapons during the incident.
They allegedly saw one of the fleeing suspects toss a weapon, and a K9 located a second weapon during a search of the area, Capt. Mennone said.
Five officers were transported to local hospitals for a variety of unspecified injuries.
Their conditions have not been released.
It is unclear how many suspects were arrested.
The identities of the suspects and the charges they are facing have not been released.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati released a statement on Monday night regarding the attack.
“As many of you are aware, it was a busy evening for our Meriden Police Department,” Scarpati wrote. “First, my thoughts are with our officers who were injured from this incident and pray for a quick and full recovery. I’d also like to thank Wallingford PD for sending officers to assist our department.”
The mayor urged anyone with information or potential video footage of the incident to contact the MPD.
“Thank you, Meriden PD for keeping us safe tonight, and every night,” Scarpati said.