|Albert James Voute, III.|
Oct 8., Danbury Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Food Bag convenience store. Officers soon spotted the SUV and a brief pursuit ensued. Voute later fled on foot and was seen by a trooper that was patrolling the Exit 4 area of I-84.
Connecticut State Police's investigation showed that Voute had what appeared to be a handgun, which had been observed by several officers and witnesses. Voute directed the handgun at the state trooper, who was faced with a life-threatening situation and thus fired at Voute, striking him multiple times.
No shots were fired by Voute, according to the State Police Forensic Lab, who examined his handgun after the incident.
In pursuit to catch Voute, police raced through neighborhoods such as that of Estela Dardofo on Hiltop Manor, who was calling for her 5-year-old daughter to come home from a neighbor's yard. The stolen SUV then suddenly sped through Dardofo's yard, across the street, and crashed into her neighbor's stone wall.
"It was very scary," said Dardofo, who saw officers run through her yard and down the bank behind her house onto I-84 in pursuit of the fugitive. "I had just taken my daughter from the spot the car went through."
|Ryan O'Donnell, 17, of Danbury was able to capture a photo of the|
stolen SUV with his cell phone, Oct. 8, after it hit a stone wall.
"This car was crashed into the rock wall," O'Donnell said. "You could see that the rear lights were still on and the driver's door was still open. The car was left running when the man left on foot."
The name of the Connecticut State trooper that shot Voute has not yet been released.
One thing I can't help but to wonder is: Who is the owner of the SUV that was stolen and what does he or she have to say about the whole thing?
Tepfer, Daniel and Susan Tuz. "Man killed by trooper identified as prison escapee." NewsTimes 10 Oct. 2010. Hearst Communications, Inc. Web. 10 Oct. 2010.