** UPDATE **
STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE UNTIMELY DEATH IN MERIDEN
Officer and Male Suspect Identified
On 06/09/13, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Officers from the Meriden Police Department responded to a request for assistance in the rear parking lot of their police station.
Upon arrival, officers encountered a despondent male who stated he was being chased by unknown persons trying to take his vehicle. Meriden officers determined that the male subject was bleeding from his hands and was acting very irrational & combative. The male subject was progressively getting combative with officers and stated that he was eating drugs. The officers observed him chewing something and summoned an ambulance for transportation of the male subject to Mid State Hospital for an emergency examination.
The male continued to be combative with the officers, he was tasered and still continued to be combative while in the ambulance enroute to the hospital. The male subject was transported to Mid State Medical Center where physicians attempted to medicate him. The male subject was pronounced dead while in the emergency room of the hospital.
At the request of the Meriden Police Chief and the New Haven State's Attorney, an investigation is being conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding the male’s death. The State Police Central District Major Crime Squad responded to investigate the untimely death of the male subject during a use of force incident at the Meriden Police Department.
The suspect/victim is tentatively identified but that detail is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin
A post mortem examination will be conducted by the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death.
** UPDATE **
The Meriden Police Officer is identified as Officer Jeff Witkins who has served the City of Meriden since 2006. He is presently on administrative assignment.
The male subject is identified as Noel Mendoza (DOB: 07/14/69) of Meriden.
The State Police Major Crime Squad is continuing this investigation.
Lt. J. Paul Vance