Naugatuck man charged after attempted assault on officers

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NAUGATUCK — A man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including attempted assault on a police officer, following an incident at Baummer’s Pond Park in late April.

Kyle O’Creene, 24, was taken into custody on May 7 after being treated for gunshot wounds sustained during an altercation with Naugatuck police officers.

The arrest warrant was issued after an incident on April 25, where O’Creene allegedly brandished a knife and advanced on officers at the park.

Police said they received a 911 call at approximately 9:12 a.m. on April 25 about a man acting erratically with a knife.

Officers Crystal Hudson and Joseph Palhete responded to the scene and encountered O’Creene holding a knife near a picnic table.

Despite multiple commands to drop the weapon, O’Creene advanced on the officers, prompting them to use a taser, which was ineffective.

The situation escalated when O’Creene continued to approach the officers with the knife, leading Hudson and Palhete to discharge their firearms, wounding him.

After providing immediate medical aid, O’Creene was transported to Waterbury Hospital.

Following his release, he was arrested and arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on charges of attempted assault on a police officer, carrying a dangerous weapon, interfering with an officer, and reckless endangerment in the first degree.

The Officer of the Inspector General is conducting an ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

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