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NAUGATUCK — Two longtime members of the town’s police force have been identified by state police as the officers involved in a shooting Monday night.
State police said the officers involved were Officer Kevin Zainc, who has been with the department for 15 years and 3 months, and Sgt. Nicholas Kehoss, who has been on the force for 10 years.
Police said the investigation indicated Kehoss discharged his duty pistol. In accordance with Naugatuck police policy, Kehoss was placed on administrative assignment.
“The officers involved in this incident were wearing body-worn cameras,” state police said. “Thus, there is video footage and dispatcher audio.”
Those are expected to be released in the coming days.
State police said the investigation is still in its “early stages and is ongoing.”
Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad detectives were requested by Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt to investigate an officer-involved shooting in the area of Route 8 northbound at the Exit 27 entrance ramp in Naugatuck.
After taking statements from witnesses and police, and viewing video evidence, state police said the preliminary investigation indicated Naugatuck police tried to pull over the driver of a 2019 Dodge Charger with an Ohio plate.
Officers made contact with the driver — later identified as Roznovsky Antonio Machado, 24, of Waterbury — who fled, police said. The vehicle was found later in Waterbury and Machado remains at large, police said.
Naugatuck police said during the course of the traffic stop, an officer “discharged his weapon at the vehicle while it drove at him.” State police said the officer was taken to an area hospital where he was evaluated and released. Naugatuck police described his injuries as minor.
Neither law enforcement agency had any knowledge of the extent of any possibly injuries to Machado.
State police said the use of force investigation was turned over to Joseph T. Corradino, the state’s attorney for the district of Fairfield, to oversee the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call to the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crimes Squad at 860-626-7900.
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