Mayor: Officer should be fired for Connecticut shooting


HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mayor says a town police officer who fired 13 times at an unarmed couple’s car during a traffic stop should be fired.

Hamden Mayor Curt Leng told protesters at a town office building Monday evening that he has seen enough evidence to recommend the local police commission fire Devin Eaton, who wounded 22-year-old Stephanie Washington on April 16 in neighboring New Haven.

Demonstrators have repeatedly called on officials to fire Eaton and a Yale University police officer also involved in the shooting.

Authorities said Eaton and Yale officer Terrance Pollack opened fire when the driver, Paul Witherspoon III, got out of the car abruptly. Witherspoon has said he opened the car door because his window didn’t work.

Both officers are on paid leave during a state police investigation.

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