On 09/02/13, at approximately 6:45 p.m., New Britain Police received a 911 call reporting an individual was acting irrationally at his apartment located at 141 Broad Street. New Britain Police Officers responded and upon arrival encountered a male subject on the 3rd floor who was yelling and throwing items from the window at Officers below. The suspect was despondent and continued to threaten causing harm to himself. Officers called for backup and eventually requested the New Britain Police Tactical Team to respond in an effort to use the least intrusive entry with the intended use of the least amount of force to prevent the suspect from causing harm to himself. Communication was established with the suspect but he failed to comply with efforts to have him surrender to police.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., communication failed, New Britain Tactical Officers made tactical entry into the suspect’s apartment. Officers instructed the suspect to surrender and comply but the suspect failed to do so. A struggle ensued and as New Britain Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, one New Britain Officer was forced to utilize his department issued Tasar to gain control of the suspect.
New Britain Officers were taking the suspect from the apartment downstairs when he experienced a medical issue. Emergency care was immediately provided at the scene by EMS and the suspect was transported to New Britain Hospital where, at approximately 2:00 a.m., he was pronounced dead.
The scene was secured by New Britain Police andat the request of New Britain Police Chief James Wardell and the New Britain State’s Attorney, Detectives from the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad responded to conduct the use of force investigation.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner will conduct a post mortem examination of the suspect to determine the manner and cause of death.
** UPDATE **
The deceased is identified as SETH VICTOR, DOB 12/10/72, 141 Broad St., New Britain. The Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner conducted a post mortem examination of the deceased and ruled that the cause of death is pending further studies.
The Officer involved in the Tasar use, as is department policy, is being assigned to administrative duty pending a review of the incident.
The State Police are continuing the investigation being assisted by the New Britain Police and New Britain State’s Attorney Office.
LT. J. Paul Vance