Waterbury police: Man found shot dead in crashed vehicle

WATERBURY — Police are investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old man who was found Wednesday night in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that struck a fire hydrant and a parked vehicle.

Lt.. David Silverio said police were called to Walnut Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. on a report of gunshots with one victim struck.

Silverio said police found the victim in the driver’s seat of a 2020 Kia Optima that was involved in a motor-vehicle accident. Both airbags had been deployed and the vehicle sustained “extensive front-end damage from hitting a fire hydrant and a parked unoccupied vehicle,” Silverio said.

The victim had a gunshot wound to the torso and other injuries to the head, Silverio said.

Police found evidence of damage from gunshots to the KIA Optima, Silverio said.

Police also located empty cartridge casings on the ground in a nearby driveway, Silverio said.

The identity of the victim is pending confirmation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and notifications to next of kin.

The medical examiner will also determine the manner and cause of death.

Silverio said the shooting is “is an open and active investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the detectives at 203-574-6941 or leave information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.

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