Norwich Manhunt Over

Nor­wich — The sus­pect who prompt­ed a mas­sive man­hunt, shut­ting down much of Greeneville on Tues­day night as armed offi­cers swarmed the area, is dead, Lieu­tenant Jonathan Ley of Nor­wich police con­firmed short­ly before midnight.

He did not pro­vide details on how Bran­don Uzialko, 25 died.

The Greeneville neigh­bor­hood is safe. Peo­ple can leave there homes and return to their homes,” Ley said. “The sus­pect is deceased and there is no con­tin­ued threat to the community.”

Ley warned resident’s there would be a large police pres­ence in the area while city offi­cers con­duct­ed an inves­ti­ga­tion with state police.

The inci­dent start­ed about 6:30 p.m., with infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed to police by a res­i­dent in the area. Uzialko, who was armed and want­ed in con­nec­tion with a home inva­sion and attempt­ed mur­der inci­dent Sat­ur­day night, led police on a foot chase Tues­day evening. Shots were exchanged between Uzialko and police at the start of the chase, prompt­ing police to urge res­i­dents to “shel­ter in place,” police Chief Patrick Daley said. Res­i­dents were urged to call 911 to report any sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty, includ­ing a per­son running.

No offi­cers were injured, Daley said.

In a Wednes­day morn­ing email, state police said they had tak­en up the inves­ti­ga­tion. Accord­ing to them, offi­cers locat­ed Uzialko near 13 Prospect St. hours after the exchange of gun­fire. He was pro­nounced deceased at the scene.

State police, who also did­n’t say how Uzialko died, said the state Office of the Chief Med­ical is going to con­duct a post-mortem exam­i­na­tion to deter­mine that. State police did say one Nor­wich offi­cer was involved in the inci­dent. Police are with­hold­ing that offi­cer’s name.

Uzialko had been want­ed on a war­rant for charges of attempt­ed mur­der, home inva­sion, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor in the home inva­sion inci­dent, which occurred at 10:21 p.m. Sat­ur­day. The male vic­tim in that inci­dent suf­fered life-threat­en­ing stab wounds, and police said he was list­ed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at a hos­pi­tal not dis­closed by police.

Dur­ing the chase, large areas of Greeneville were blocked off, includ­ing Cen­tral Avenue, Prospect Street and Boswell Avenue in the area of 10th Street, with cruis­ers and yel­low tape block­ing off the roads. Police were seen car­ry­ing rifles while offi­cers also were stop­ping cars and ques­tion­ing dri­vers. Offi­cers were direct­ing north­bound traf­fic in the area toward North Main Street, though the south­bound lane was closed.

Daley had described the sit­u­a­tion as “very active and very serious.”

Nor­wich police had called for mutu­al aid to respond to the inci­dent and respond to oth­er calls for ser­vice in the city,” Ley said. State police, Gro­ton Town and City and Led­yard all responded.

The inves­ti­ga­tion is ongoing.

 

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