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Suspect captured who allegedly injured New Britain officer

Jaheem Snype - courtesy of the Vermont State Police Jaheem Snype - courtesy of the Vermont State Police
Frankie Gonzalez - courtesy of the Vermont State Police Frankie Gonzalez - courtesy of the Vermont State Police

A suspect wanted in connection with a hit and run accident that injured a New Britain police officer has been captured.

Vermont State Police along with members of the U.S. Marshals Office, the FBI, U.S. Border Patrol, New Britain police and the Vermont National Guard took Jaheem Snype and his half-brother, 23-year-old Frankie Gonzalez, into custody Wednesday night in Vermont.

According to Vermont State Police, officers located Gonzalez at a family member's home in  the small town of Greensboro, VT.  And a short time later were also able to locate Snype at a friend's home in neighboring Barton, VT.

Police said both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Earlier in the day, a second arrest warrant was obtained Wednesday by police in New Britain as they continued to search for a suspect they said seriously hurt one of their own.

Police said Officer Brett Morgan was struck, run over and dragged approximately 100 feet under a vehicle believed to be driven by Jaheem Snype, 19, Sunday night.

The new warrant charges Snype with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and assault on a police officer, according to police.

The first warrant issued for him was related to the theft of the vehicle.

Gonzalez was also arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Both Snype and Gonzalez are currently being held at the Northeast Correctional Facility on bond and are expected to be arraigned in Orleans Criminal Court on Thursday.

In a statement, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart commended the work of the New Britain Police Department and thanked other agencies for their assistance in the investigation.

"It is my hope that the coordinated, interstate response and tireless pursuit of this suspect will send a clear message that those who do violence against our law enforcement personnel will be brought to swift and harsh justice," the mayor said.

Morgan remains in intensive care, according to officers.

The police department and the New Britain Police Union set up a fund to benefit him and his family as they deal with medical expenses.

The Brett Morgan Benefit Fund was set up at TD Bank. They said that anyone wishing to donate can do so at any TD Bank branch.

Simply ask for:

  • The Brett Morgan Benefit Fund
  • c/o Robert Martin, New Britain Police Department

Donations can also be sent by mail to:

  • The New Britain Police Department
  • Brett Morgan Benefit Fund
  • 10 Chestnut Street
  • New Britain, CT 06051

Checks should be made payable to the Brett Morgan Benefit Fund.

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