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.