Hamden man charged in Westport pursuit that injured K-9
WESTPORT — A Hamden man has been arrested after fleeing police and striking a police cruiser, injuring a police dog, in a December incident.
Sherod Manick, 18, is charged with first-degee reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal attempt to assault a police officer, intentionally injuring a police dog, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and engaging police in pursuit/disobeying the signal of an officer
According to Westport police, shortly after midnight Dec. 12, 2019, Norwalk police communicated that they were investigating an attempted armed carjacking that occurred in their city, as well as a second successful carjacking.
At least one of the suspects was reported to have displayed a firearm.
A description of the four suspects and the vehicle in which they were traveling was provided to surrounding agencies by Norwalk police.
A Westport officer was the first to locate both the suspect vehicle and stolen vehicle traveling together. An attempt was made to stop these vehicles while both were northbound on Interstate 95 between exits 17 and 18.
The stolen vehicle was able to elude police.
The suspect vehicle engaged Westport officers in pursuit; members of the Fairfield Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Norwalk officers later joined the pursuit.
During this pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck and damaged Westport police officers’ vehicles multiple times in an attempt to elude them.
The force of the impact of one of these collisions caused a Westport police canine to be injured.
The suspect vehicle ultimately was stopped in Fairfield. Once stopped, the three occupants did not obey initial verbal commands given by officers to surrender, but ultimately all were taken into custody without further incident.
A silver revolver was located in the suspects’ vehicle. At that time the suspects were turned over to Norwalk police.
Manick was identified as the driver during this pursuit. An arrest warrant was sought and granted for Manick.
On Thursday, Westport officers were contacted by Manson Detention Center, reporting that Manick was being released from their custody, but was being turned over on this active warrant.
Manick was transported to Westport police headquarters.
He was held in lieu of a $75,000 bond and was to be arraigned Friday at Superior Court in Stamford.