Police end Southington manhunt, suspect not found - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police end Southington manhunt, suspect not found

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A crash on I-84 east in Southington is connected to this search (CT DOT) A crash on I-84 east in Southington is connected to this search (CT DOT)

Residents in the Milldale and Plantsville sections of Southington were on alert Monday evening as officers scoured the town for a man who is wanted by police.

A little after 7 p.m., Meriden police officers tried to stop a motor vehicle in the area of the Meriden Square Mall. However, Meriden Police Sgt. Darrin McKay said the vehicle did not stop and officers were forced to deploy stop sticks. The stop sticks were "effective" and able to deflate one or more tires on the vehicle. 

Police said once again, the driver "failed to stop for officers" and traveled westbound on Interstate 691. The vehicle continued on Interstate 84 eastbound and McKay said the driver "eventually lost control and crashed" near Exit 30. 

After the crash, two men fled on foot, which prompted a search of several parts of Southington. The Connecticut State Police, K9 teams and members of the Southington Police Department assisted Meriden officers in the search.  

Southington police sent out a message to residents saying at least one man was believed to be armed and attempted to evade apprehension, and that they were searching for him. 

Eyewitnesses said they saw the suspect running down the entrance ramp and into residential areas.

McKay said one male suspect was in police custody. However, it is unclear what the man was charged with. 

Despite investigators best efforts and extensive resources, including police K9s, they didn't locate the suspect on Monday night. At around 8:30 p.m., police said the search had concluded and that they believed the suspect had left the area.

The person they are looking for is described as a black male who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. 

Anyone with information should call 911 and avoid contact with anyone suspicious.

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