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HAMDEN, Conn. ̵
With the release of video and audio from the April 16 shooting where a 22-year-old female passenger injured the police, Connecticut State Commissioner James Rovella said that "in a perfect world without the stressors "the bodycams are working properly.
Rovella confirmed in a news conference that investigators were "unable to find a gun" to the driver, Paul Witherspoon III. While bodycam video from one of the officials showed that Witherspoon had left his car and went out to give up, Rovella said the video was sent for forensic enhancements as part of the investigation.
The release of video and 911 audio follows a day of protest by residents in New Haven and nearby Hamden as well as students from nearby Yale, who requested the footage to be released to the public. "We do not know that we're doing it fast," Rovella says. "What matters is transparency and trust."
The shooting took place just 4:15 pm on April 16 on a residential street less than a mile from Yale's campus, according to the Connecticut State Police.
Hamden, a large white town with 60,900 adjacent New Haven to the north, investigates reports of an armed robbery at a gas station.
A Yale policeman patrol on campus joined a Hamden officer "based on a 911 call reporting that someone driving a car had a gun," Yale said at a news release last week.
In a 911 call placed in a gas station, the caller said that a "regular customer who was driving a red car … touched the gun with the man carrying the paper," and "clearly he was asking for money outside. "
The car driver was identified late with Witherspoon, 21. His passenger, Stephanie Washington, was hospitalized for non-deadly injuries, university officials said. An updated status was not immediately provided Tuesday.
State Police Trooper Josue Dorelus said during a news conference last week that officials opened fire when the driver "exited the vehicle in a hurry" and turned towards them. However, no weapons were found at the scene, officials said.