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Robbery suspect in officer-involved shooting caught 'doing drugs'

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An officer-involved shooting was reported in New Haven Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo) An officer-involved shooting was reported in New Haven Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo)
The suspect's car was found at a housing complex in New Haven. (WFSB photo) The suspect's car was found at a housing complex in New Haven. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

An officer-involved shooting of a robbery suspect was reported in New Haven Tuesday morning.

State police said they were called to Church Street and Columbus Avenue.

They said the suspect, 50-year-old Kenneth Palmieri, of Branford, first robbed a business in Guilford, then traveled to 55 Church St. in New Haven to commit another.

The second incident took place shortly after 6 a.m., according to New Haven police.

Police pursued Palmieri, but ended it after it became dangerous. Patrolling officers eventually found the suspect at the Church Street South housing complex. He was in his vehicle, which was backed into the corner of the complex's parking lot.

They said he was doing drugs in a car when officers arrived.

As officers approached, police said he rammed two cruisers with his car.

"The car was parked when the officers pulled up," said Officer David Hartman, New Haven police. "When they got out, that's when he put the car into gear and went for them."

As a result, an officer opened fire and hit the suspect. He was hit once in the arm.

"If a car is a weapon, you're going to try and stop that from happening," Hartman said. "One of the things you have to understand is that you also can't let someone get away. If they're cornered, they're cornered."

Troopers reported that the injuries to a suspect appeared to be non-life-threatening.

Palmieri was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital on a respirator, but likely because of the drugs, according to police.

No one else was hurt.

Guilford police said the suspect is known to them. He had been out on parole before this morning's incidents.

Judicial records showed that Palmieri has convictions for larceny and drug possession.

As is protocol, police said the investigation is in the hands of the state's attorney's office and the Connecticut State Police.

Here are some photos from the scene.

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