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Hamden Police Recommend Firing Officer Involved In New Haven Shooting

Nov 19, 2019

Hamden acting police chief John Cappiello has recommended the firing of the officer charged with assault and reckless endangerment after he shot at an unarmed couple in New Haven.

The recommendation and charges stem from an incident on April 16 when 29-year-old Devin Eaton fired 13 shots at Stephanie Washington, 22, and Paul Witherspoon, 21. 

Eaton and a Yale University officer, who has not been charged, were investigating a report of an attempted armed robbery when they spotted the couple in a red Honda Civic in New Haven.

Authorities say shots were fired by both officers, striking Washington, a passenger, and missing Witherspoon, the driver. No weapons were found at the scene, and the couple was not charged.

Eaton remains on unpaid administrative leave.

Hamden police said departmental charges were issued against Eaton on Nov. 15 and served personally on him the next day. The charges were conveyed to the Board of Police Commissioners in a letter delivered Tuesday to  Chairman Michael Iezzi.