- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Authorities on Wednesday identified a Connecticut police officer who opened fire at a fleeing suspect who then crashed his car and tried to run away before being detained.

Cromwell Sgt. Ryan Perkins fired one shot at the car on Tuesday, but there were no injuries, state police said. Perkins, who has been on the force since 2007, has been place on administrative leave under normal protocols pending an investigation of his use of force.

The suspect, Samuel Moore, was charged with attempted assault and other crimes and is detained on $400,000 bail. He also was charged under a warrant with gun and drug crimes.

It wasn’t clear if Moore has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

Officials said the series of events began when Cromwell police and state probation officials tried to do a probation check on Moore, who retreated into his home. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence, but Moore drove off in a car, WTNH-TV reported.

Shortly after Perkins shot at him, Moore crashed into another vehicle and fled on foot but was apprehended. There were no reported injuries from the crash.

The officers were wearing body cameras, and the department will review footage from the probation check, police said. There is no video of Perkins firing his gun, officials said.

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