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Police use dogs, drones in search for shooting suspect

January 8, 2021 GMT

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police officers from several agencies deployed dogs and drones Friday in a search for at least one suspect in a shooting at an apartment complex.

Officers responded to the shooting in Vernon shortly before 1 a.m. Police said an apartment building was struck by gunfire, but no one was injured.

The suspect or suspects led police on a car chase into Somers, where the vehicle became disabled. The suspect or suspects fled on foot, authorities said.

Police sent reverse 911 calls to an area of central Somers advising residents to shelter in place. That advisory has been lifted, but local residents were being urged to be cautious because the suspect or suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Somers schools have switched to all-remote learning for the day because of the police activity.

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State police dogs and Vernon police’s drone units are being used in the search. Police in Enfield and East Windsor have sent additional officers, dogs and drones to the search area.

Lt. William Meier of Vernon police said investigators believe a disturbance preceded the shooting at the apartment complex and a person was arrested in connection with the disturbance. The person’s name has not been released.