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Watertown officers open fire on suspect after he tried to run them over

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The following photo of Keith Nettleton was provided by the Watertown Police Department. The following photo of Keith Nettleton was provided by the Watertown Police Department.
WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Watertown police opened fire at suspect, while responding to a call in the Oakville section of the city Friday morning.

According to police, officers went to execute a warrant on Jason Hungerford for a probation violation at the 7-Eleven on Davis Street around 8 a.m.

When all of a sudden, witnesses told Eyewitness news that a white Honda Accord pulled into the 7-Eleven parking lot.

Witnesses said six officers surrounded that vehicle in an attempt to get him to stop.

"They told the guy to get outta the car, stop the car," said witness Bob Mauriello. "He put it in reverse. The officer in the back of the car had to jump outta the way. And the vehicle sped across area and away."

The driver of the Honda, who was identified as 36-year-old Keith Nettleton of Waterbury, failed to stop and tried to run over two officers, police said. The vehicle rode over an island in the area and sped off, police said.

"This person in the car thought the police was after him," said Angela Ciarlo, who works at the Showcase Square on Davis Street. "He left crime scene and tried to run over policeman. He shot at tires."

Police said an unidentified officer fired two shots in the area of the vehicle.

The accord crashed into a utility pole on Watertown Avenue in neighboring Waterbury, when police said Nettleton, who was wanted for several local larcenies, lost control of the vehicle.

The crash led to a traffic jam and Davis Street reopened around 3:30 p.m. after being blocked for seven hours.

Nettleton was taken to Waterbury Hospital with no life-threatening injury. He was treated and released from the hospital, police said.

No police officers were seriously injured during the incident.

State police spent Friday investigating the officer-involved shooting. However, the incident remains under investigation.

Nettleton was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, interfering with police and engaging police in pursuit. 

Police anticipate more criminal charges related to area larcenies.

Hungerford would no cooperate with police and he was Tased by officers, witnesses said. Hungerford was also arrested.

Nettleton is being held on a $500,000 bond, and is expected to be arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Monday.

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