Death of man on Tremont Street probed as homicide

Published on Sunday, 3 September 2017 22:50
Written by CHARLES PAULLIN
and LISA BACKUS

STAFF WRITERS

NEW BRITAIN - Police are investigating the death of a Tremont Street man who officials said was killed by a “sharp force injury.”

Willie Woodson, 66, of 93 Tremont St., was found bleeding and unresponsive by acquaintances shortly after 8:30 Saturday morning in his first-floor apartment, neighbors said.

The people who found Woodson’s body said he was bleeding and cold. The Chief State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide caused by a sharp force injury. Capt. Thomas Steck, during a press conference Sunday afternoon, said information on the instrument used in the killing was unavailable at this time.

“What we’re being told is that our victim was scheduled to move out of that apartment,” said Steck, explaining that the people who found his body had been helping him moved. Steck said the best information he had is that Woodson was moving to Hartford, where he had lived previously.

Police believe Woodson’s death was not a random act and that it may have been connected to drug activity, based on evidence at the scene and interviews conducted, Steck said.

Neighbors said Saturday morning that Woodson could frequently be seen outside on his porch and that people would often come and go to and from his apartment.

Police had initially called his death “suspicious,” but detectives are now investigating it as a homicide.

Officers arrested another resident of the building Saturday morning when at the scene, but the charges were unrelated to the killing, Steck said.

With Connecticut State Police Major Crimes, the Connecticut Medical Examiner's Office and New Britain State's Attorney Office involved with the investigation, no other police departments have been contacted for assistance, Steck said. Police have conducted several interviews and feel they are progressing with the investigation, he added.

Anyone with information is asked to call New Britain police at 860-826-3132 or the Community Tip Line at 860-823-3199. Tips also can be left at www.newbritainpolice.org .



Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, General News on Sunday, 3 September 2017 22:50. Updated: Monday, 4 September 2017 00:16.