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Police identify officer involved in Backus shooting

By Izaskun E. Larrañeta

Publication: theday.com

Published August 31. 2012 1:00PM   Updated August 31. 2012 1:52PM

Norwich — State police have identified the police officer who shot a man in the parking lot outside the emergency room of The William W. Backus Hospital Tuesday morning after the man nearly ran over his mother and drove his car into the officer and his cruiser.

Police said Sgt. Patrick Mickens is a 19-year veteran of the police department and has been assigned to administrative duties following the incident.

Norwich police responded to the hospital for a report that a man had barricaded himself inside a car.

Police officers at the hospital blocked the man’s car with their cruisers. As they were talking with the man, he suddenly backed into one of the cruisers and pulled forward, driving at the man’s mother and the officer, state police said. Mickens pushed the woman out of harm’s way and drew his weapon, police said. The man’s car mirror struck Mickens, and he fired his weapon, striking the man.

The shooting occurred shortly after 6 a.m.

State police have yet to identify the man who sustained a non-life threatening injury.

As is routine when an officer discharges his weapon, Chief Louis Fusaro said Tuesday, the state’s attorney’s office was called in and state police are handling the investigation.

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