Middletown, Connecticut – On Saturday, August 12 at 6:30 A.M., a complaint was received by the Middletown Police Department regarding an individual engaging in disruptive behavior and smashing glass on Liberty Street.
Detective Karli Travis was among the first officers to respond to the scene and encountered 52-year-old Winston Tate armed with a hammer.
Thankfully, Officer Travis survived what has been described as a harrowing attack from this seemingly disturbed individual. According to NBC Connecticut and Fox News, who have both reported on this story, the police officer is safe and well.
In the police body camera footage, Travis can be heard repeatedly ordering Tate to drop the object. However, despite her commands, the suspect refuses to comply.
After calling for back-up, Tate then charges at Travis while still holding a hammer and strikes the officer, causing her to fall to the ground.
In response, Travis proceeds to fire multiple times at the suspect. This does not deter him as he lands several blows on Travis with his blunt force object.
After numerous warnings to cease his behavior, Travis attempted to escape after a witness ran towards them in an effort to distract Tate. Soon afterward, the police arrived and apprehended the suspect.
He received medical attention for his injury, including a gunshot wound to his left hand. The officer was also taken to a nearby hospital.
Both have since been released.
Following the incident, Tate was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, second-degree assault, assault on public safety personnel, and interfering with police. He is currently being held on a $850,000 bond according to NBC Connecticut and is due in court on October 3.
An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.