New details released on robberies connected to New Britain police involved shooting

Published on Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:42
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - In the days before police officers shot and killed a Bloomfield man they believed was a robbery suspect in a string of violent incidents, the same car he was driving was involved in a carjacking attempt that ended with gunfire, newly released documents show.

Zoe Dowdell, 20, of Bloomfield, was killed after five New Britain police officers fired on the car he was driving Dec. 14 as he allegedly tried to run them over, state police said. Two others in the car, Noah Young, 18, of Bloomfield, and Caleb Tisdol, 15, were injured during the incident.

The trio was in a green Toyota Paseo that robbery victims identified as the vehicle used in a carjacking attempt Dec. 11, according to a state police investigation report released Thursday as part of a Freedom Of Information request.

The victims told police that they were parked on Kelsey Street when they were approached by four or five individuals.

One of the individuals was a thin black male who had a gun, they said. He told them to get out of the vehicle, the victims said. Instead the driver sped away to avoid the robbery attempt and the male holding the gun fired several shots at the car, one of which struck the trunk.

Investigating officers found two different types of ammunition at the scene, the newly released report said. They also found nearby video footage that showed two men approaching the car and that after the shooting, the suspects got into a small green vehicle.

The same color and type of car was located unoccupied on Clark Street Dec. 13, the report said.

Officers took photos of the vehicle and showed them to the attempted carjacking victims who confirmed that was the car involved, the report said. The green Paseo had New Hampshire plates and its registered owner was deceased, the report said.

New Britain officers spotted the car driving in the area of Newington Avenue and Chapman Street at around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. They followed the vehicle to a stop sign at Chapman Street and Chapman Court and tried to box the car in with marked and unmarked police cruisers. Young told state police after Dowdell was killed that the trio didn’t want to be stopped by police, so they attempted to flee. New Britain officers, who state police said were outside of their cruisers, shot at the car which was driving toward them. At least one gun was found in the vehicle, police said.

It was later determined that five officers had used their service weapons during the Dec. 14 incident. All have been placed on desk duty as the state police and Middlesex County State’s Attorney Peter McShane investigate the police-involved shooting. McShane has provided little information about the investigation since the shooting occurred.

Tisdol was charged as a juvenile with gun and drug offenses in connection with the Dec. 14 shooting. He had ammunition and a small amount of heroin in his pockets, state police said.

Young was also charged with drug offenses. He had bundles of heroin on him at the time he was taken into custody. He is being held on $1 million bond. He was recently served with outstanding arrest warrants out of Bloomfield charging him with using a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission.

Tisdol is facing robbery and larceny charges as an adult in connection with an East Hartford robbery. He is being held on $150,000 bond.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:42. Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 20:44.