Two Shelton police officers received a Merit Award for Excellent Arrest during the Shelton Police Department’s recent promotions and recognition ceremony.
Officers David Eldridge and Philip Norris were honored for the Dec. 24, 2014 arrest of an armed robber at Cumberland Farms on River Road (Route 110).
While on patrol at 1:15 a.m., Norris was flagged down at the Cumberland Farms driveway by customers.
Norris observed the suspect leave the store carrying something in his hand, but the suspect ignored his commands and fled. Norris pursued the suspect on foot into the nearby woods when he heard a gunshot.
Multiple officers then surrounded the area and a search began in the dark in challenging terrain, with rocks and overgrowth.
Suspect found hiding in wooded area
Eldridge found the suspect hiding in a wooded area. The suspect continued to ignore commands but eventually was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Later, Eldridge located a gun the suspect had hidden under a rock in the woods. A police check indicated the gun had been stolen. The suspect was charged with first-degree robbery, theft of a firearm, and other changes.
Norris was injured while running after the suspect, and attended the March 26 recognition ceremony on crutches. Eldridge was unable to attend the ceremony. Mayor Mark Lauretti presented Norris with the Merit Award.
Honor guard salute at ceremony
During the ceremony at the Shelton Senior Center, city Emergency Management Director Michael Maglione served as master of ceremonies. Lauretti and Police Chief Joel Hurliman also spoke at the event.
There was an honor guard salute and Francesca Scarpa from Center Stage Theatre sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Three department members were honored for 30 or more years of service, commendations were awarded for extraordinary actions, and eight members were promoted.
Look for more details and photos from the ceremony on this website in the coming days and in this week’s print edition of the Shelton Herald.
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